Sunday, April 7, 2013
Catcher call shows how staff works together
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The decision to go with Geovany Soto tonight and give A.J. Pierzysnki a day off was another example of how the Texas Rangers coaching staff works together.
Sure, many times manager Ron Washington comes into his office five hours or so prior to the game and writes out a lineup that will have a regular getting a day off because he believes they need it. Or he'll deliberately play someone because he doesn't want them to get "stale," as he calls it.
On Sunday, bench coach Jackie Moore followed Washington into his office and asked a simple question: "Have you thought about giving A.J. a day?"
Washington said he had thought about it, but Moore's statement made him think even more. And even though it was Pierzynski behind the plate for Yu Darvish's near perfect game on Tuesday, Washington decided Sunday was the night to let Pierzynski take a break.
The move makes sense. Soto has to get some playing time and he was Darvish's regular catcher last year. So why not give him a shot tonight and get a fresher Pierzynski for the upcoming series against the Tampa Bay Rays?
Washington relies on his staff, including Moore, pitching coach Mike Maddux, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, first base coach Dave Anderson, third base coach Gary Pettis and hitting coach Dave Magadan, to help him make some key decisions. Washington is, of course, the man with the final say. But he takes input and he listens to those coaches. And Moore wanted to be sure that Soto wasn't just sitting for the first full week of the season.
"They work with those guys and they know when someone might need a break or somebody should play," Washington said. "So we talk about that as we're putting things together."
Isn't that how a coaching staff should work?