Ron Washington knows that calls for him to be fired come with losing 18 games in the first month of the season. He's said as much, but it doesn't make it right. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that you cannot judge this team on wins and losses and I still believe that. Don't get me wrong, I've noticed the sloppy way these guys are playing baseball, I just don't think it's right to blame Washington.
Look at the guys making all of the errors, veteran players like Michael Young and Ian Kinsler. Suddenly it's the manager's fault that they are not making plays?
What about the good things that are going on with the Rangers, the play of rookies like David Murphy and now Brandon Boggs. The way Josh Hamilton plays a solid center field and knocks in 30 runs in the first month of the season. More importantly, the team isn't on edge and pressing to make it better.
This is not a lack of urgency, just good players knowing they will put it together and enjoying the game. Managers are given too much credit when teams do well, and too much blame when things fall apart. Washington goes to bat for his players and sticks his neck out because that's what good managers do.
They trust their veteran players and teach the kids how to play the game.
Look at what the kids are doing, not only for the big club, but the minor leagues as well. The foundations laid in Spring Training by Washington and his staff have the Baby Rangers dominating the minor leagues. Yet, all Dallas sportswriters and Rangers bloggers want to write about is the errors committed by veteran players. What is Washington supposed to do? Hold their hands in the field and get in their face in the dugout?
Ron Washington is the right man for the job because he knows how the game is supposed to be played and is teaching the young players to play his way. Veterans are not his responsibility, they are the ones to be held accountable for their play.
Not the manager.
The Rangers were not going to contend this season, it's that simple. They are not a good major league baseball team. They have a manager that will be the final instructor for all those Baby Rangers that Jon Daniels has brought in. I love the idea of Chris Davis, Kasey Kiker, Taylor Teagarden, Brandon Boggs and the dozens of other outstanding prospects learning to play the Ron Washington way.
They will all be aggressive on the base paths, make pitchers work and give everything they have at all times. Washington is the right man for the job, unless of course you are one of the fans that actually believed this team was going to be a contender this year.
Keep your eyes on the ball, which is bouncing toward the future not standing still in the present.