Rangers No. 1 in ESPN Future Rankings
|ESPN's Jim Bowden says buckle up because the Texas Rangers are about to dominate the future of baseball. |
|MAJORS (full weight): Quality of current big league roster|
|MINORS (full weight): Quality and quantity of prospects in their farm system|
|FINANCE (2/3 weight): How much money do they have to spend?|
|MANAGEMENT (2/3 weight): Value and stability of ownership, front office and coaching staff|
|MOBILITY (1/3 weight): Do they have a lot of young, cheap players, or old, immovable guys?|
So how did the Rangers reach this point? They did so with some big decisions in the last five years. Here's a look at some of those.
There are some decisions that aren't on the list -- this hits some of the highlights. And some of you have already mentioned some of those in the comment section of the story. Some of those:
* Signing Adrian Beltre. It was a large financial commitment and the Rangers didn't put any stock in the notion that Beltre's best years only came in contract seasons. He was tremendous defensively and a huge part of the middle of the lineup.
* Assembling the coaching staff. Certainly, pitching coach Mike Maddux has had a huge impact on the staff. But don't forget the job the rest of that staff that helps Ron Washington. That includes bench coach Jackie Moore, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, first base coach Gary Pettis, third base coach Dave Anderson and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh.
* The club has made some deals that maybe have gone under the radar. Some of those: picking up Darren O'Day off waivers, trading for Mike Gonzalez at the deadline (he got some huge outs in the playoffs) and picking up Alexi Ogando in the Rule-5 draft and then staying patient with him with all the visa issues.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.