Last Call from the Desert: Ron Washington on Leonys Martin
“I don’t think you’ll see Carl (Lewis) this year, not from me. But you don’t have to be fast to be a good baserunner. I’ve made enough mistakes to caution these guys against what happened to me.”
Rangers manager Ron Washington continues to be impressed with the way Leonys Martin is swinging the bat, against both left and right-handed pitchers. Washington said Martin could win the job in center on a full-time basis if this keeps up.
“The kid can hit,” Washington said. I’m getting him in against everyone and he isn’t showing any sign of giving in to left-handers,” Washington said. “If this continues, and we feel like he can handle lefties as well as righties, which he has always handled in his career, it’s a possibility.”
The Rangers lost to the White Sox, 8-4, on Wednesday and Washington was miffed at six runs coming across the plate after two outs. Said Washington, “That’s not acceptable but we have to put guys out there and see what they can do.”
Left-handed reliever Joe Ortiz is having an impressive camp and he struck out the side in his one inning of work.
The Rangers are 11-for-61 with runners in scoring position so far this spring.
The Rangers have hired Kenji Nimura to be Yu Darvish’s translator this year. Nimura has worked with Hideki Kuroda and the Dodgers previously but he is not your average Japanese interpreter. He can also speak fluent Spanish and interpret for the Latin players.
The Rangers have never had a full-time Spanish translater. Spanish broadcaster Eleno Ornelas does it much of the time with strength and conditioning coordinator Jose Vazquez also called upon when he’s not busy. Julio Borbon is also very accommodating in translating for some of his teammates.
Some highlights of the 2013 Promotion Schedule that was released on Wednesday:
—Two Bobblehead Giveaways: Medical Center Arlington Nolan Ryan Bobblehead on May 21 and a Yu Darvish K Counter Bobblehead on June 11.
–Post-Game Fireworks Shows will take place every Friday night, a total of 12 shows which are all Fireworks Fridays with discounts on tickets. There will also be a spectacular Independence Day Show on July 4.
–Three post-game concerts: TobyMac on June 2, Budweiser Presents Casey Donahew on June 29, and Budweiser Presents Stoney LaRue on August 17.
–Three special One-Of-A Kind T-Shirt Giveaways: Capital One Bank Yu Darvish on April 9, Adrian Beltre on April 21, and Snapple/Brookshire’s Joe Nathan on May 19.
–Fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark on May 2 for Bark in the Park presented by Natural Balance and Petco (advanced registration required and will be available in late March on texasrangers.com/barkinthepark).