J.p. Arencibia Newsbeat
Friday, July 18, 2014
Tell ‘im, Wash.
J.P. Arencibia hit his way back to the majors with the Rangers… Arencibia replaced first baseman Carlos Pena, who was designated for assignment after hitting only .136 in 59 at-bats.
Arencibia opened the season as the Rangers’ front-line catcher but hit only .133 in 60 at-bats… Arencibia fared better against Pacific Coast League pitching, hitting .279 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 190 at-bats…
Arencibia said that while in the minors, he decided to go “back to what makes me J.P’’ and stop worrying about bad at-bats…
The addition of Arencibia created an odd roster in which the Rangers have four players whose primary position is catcher.
Manager Ron Washington said Geovany Soto and Robinson Chirinos will do the majority of the catching. Arencibia and Chris Gimenez could be used at catcher but are more likely to appear at first base and designated hitter.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Despite his historically poor production on both sides of the ball, by Arencibia’s estimation it was the media who ran him out of town.
“I think the media made me out to be a monster — I wasn’t. They changed a lot of things that I said or made up stories. So I thought that that was a big thing that went down. I learned how much media does control things.”
Arencibia did not specify to which reporters or media outlets he was referring. Of the allegations he said were falsely reported, he mentioned only one: that he had complained to team president Paul Beeston about Hayhurst and Zaun, which he said “wasn’t even close to what happened.”
Arencibia himself was actually the source of that report, when he said in an MLB Network radio interview that he spoke to the “team president” about broadcasters “that we employ” and asked, “How do you build a fan base when everything that fans are hearing is negative?”
Though he once again declined to specify about whom or what he was speaking, Arencibia also said he considered taking legal action against some members of the media, whom he vaguely accused of defaming him.
“Of course I was over it at this point of trying to say anything because it made no difference,” he said. “For everything that I did and everything that I try to do in the community and always be a good person first, to see people just turn around and make things up. Obviously you know that there’s bad human beings in this world and I realized we had quite a few of them that I had to deal with.”
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