Washington wants to keep coaching staff

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he plans on bringing back his coaching staff next season Tuesday. He said he’d have to discuss it with general manager Jon Daniels, but Washington doesn’t expect any changes in a season where the Rangers failed to make the postseason for the first time since 2009.

Washington also talked about Joe Nathan, who had a club option next season, and Nelson Cruz, who will be a free agent.

“I thought Joe Nathan had a tremendous year,” Washington said. “I think at the end of the year Joe Nathan proved to everyone that doubted him what he was made of, and I certainly would love to continue giving him the ball because he gets outs.”

“When you think about a Nelson Cruz, who wouldn’t want a Nelson Cruz? Big heart, great teammate, but there’s a lot of decisions to be made on our part and Nelson’s part. I do believe Jon Daniels will go down that road and see where it works or doesn’t work.

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I thought ”batting” coach must leave. I don’t know what he did while the lineup was sticking in slump.

The lineup was sticking in slump in September last year when Scott Coolbaugh had the job. I’m not lobbying for Magadan necessarily, just pointing out that a 6th hitting coach in 6 years may not be the answer. It’s hard to develop any consistency when you’re introduced to a new coach and a new philosphy every single season, year after year.

It’s good that Wash is speaking out; it gives everyone a better handle on his thinking – especially regarding some of his veteran, flawed players. We should give his thoughts serious consideration – might lead us some decisions not just on those veterans.

Agreed, switching batting coaches is not the answer, they simply need a couple legitimate thumpers in the middle of the batting order. They over achieved for much of the season which led to a lot of unrealistic expectations, when in reality they just didn’t have the offensive pop to meet those lofty goals

You got anybody in mind? He’s not a thumper per se but Shin Soo Choo is one of the top bats on the markt. What he lacks in home run power he makes up for by getting on base a ton. Good speed too.

This is the issue in today’s game, there just aren’t alot of those -Strike Fear I Your Heart – kind of guys out there right now. Much of this is related to the new PED enforcement which exist in MLB. this is also why we have witnessed the Rangers new focus on acquiring middle of the order talent at the minor league level. Having said that, I’ve always thought highly of Josh Willingham., I think his power would really play here

This is the issue in today’s game, there just aren’t alot of those -Strike Fear I Your Heart – kind of guys out there right now. Much of this is related to the new PED enforcement which exist in MLB. this is also why we have witnessed the Rangers new focus on acquiring middle of the order talent at the minor league level. Having said that, I’ve always thought highly of Josh Willingham., I think his power and on base skills would really play well here, I think you also have do your due diligence on this mysterious Abreu kid as well, and as frustrated as it was to see Nelly take the 50 game suspension rather than appeal, considering our situation you have to be open to bringing him back if the price is right, he’s incredibly streaky but he’s one of the few guys left in MLB who can put you on his back for a week of 10 days when he on a hot streak. I think JD will be highly motivated to address his clubs offensive issues this off season

I like Willingham too. Maybe DHing more could keep him healthier. Minnesota would be foolish not to get what they can for him, assuming he’s healthy this spring.

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