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DMN: After 15-6 loss to Angels, Washington gives ‘fire-and-brimstone’ blistering of Rangers

Manager Ron Washington resorted to a fire-and-brimstone blistering of the Rangers after a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

In a post-game clubhouse meeting that lasted about 30 minutes, Washington vented his unhappiness at the way his club has been playing in this current dreadful stretch. The Rangers have lost five consecutive games and 19 of their last 22 games.

“I needed to remind them of some things,” Washington said.

Right-hander Colby Lewis, who allowed a club-record 13 runs in 2 1/3 innings, described Washington’s mood as “pissed.”

Said Lewis: “So am I. For every reason. We don’t lose here, and that’s what’s going on. We have to make changes, and it all happens like Wash said in this locker room.”

Washington said the Rangers have “a big group … that doesn’t know what winning is all about.” He hinted some players have let the losing distract them and used third baseman Adrian Beltre as the example of what is expected.

“It doesn’t matter the situation, he’s locked in,” Washington said. “We’re trying to get a lot of these guys locked in like that. It hasn’t happened yet.”

still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 04:15 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:35 AM (#4748606)
Good speech, Skip. "Pena! Andrus! Why can't you all just decide to be locked in and hit like Beltre?"
   2. The Good Face Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4748614)
Good speech, Skip. "Pena! Andrus! Why can't you all just decide to be locked in and hit like Beltre?"


No kidding. I get Wash's urge to "do something!", but the problem here is a team filled with replacement level (or worse) "talent". Nothing to do but sell off the decent middle relievers (and Rios) and hope for better health next year.
   3. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4748699)
They never should have let Pierzynski get away.
   4. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4748713)
Colby Lewis had an atrocious start--different from half his starts this year only by degree--and Washington left him hung out to dry. The relievers allowed 2 runs in 6.2 innings, and the lineup scored 6 runs. What's the story here?
   5. Canker Soriano Posted: July 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4748717)
Winning in the AL West isn't that hard! Tell 'em, Wash.
   6. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4748800)
Was it really necessary to leave Lewis in for 13 runs?
   7. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 11, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4748814)
Wash is pretty good when he gets amped up.
   8. NTP Nate Posted: July 11, 2014 at 01:45 PM (#4748832)
The sermon was entitled "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Trout".
   9. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: July 14, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4749891)
They're 3-19 in their last 22. SI'm going to guess that Washington peeling the paint off the walls with his screaming isn't going to solve the problem.
   10. BDC Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4749910)
Tickets for the upcoming Yankees series in Arlington have dropped well below face value on StubHub. I haven't seen that since the inception of StubHub ...
   11. AJMcCringleberry Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4749911)
That headline was confusing I was wondering what the Nats beating the Rangers had to do with losing to the Angels.
   12. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4749931)
They're 3-19 in their last 22.


Finally a stretch of games so bad that it can't be blamed on Washington.
   13. The Good Face Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4749938)
They're 3-19 in their last 22.

Finally a stretch of games so bad that it can't be blamed on Washington.


I actually think Washington's well suited to manage a lousy team. There's some evidence that he's good at the "instruction" and "confidence building" aspects of management, and his players always seem to love him, so if you're trying to develop young guys, you could probably do a lot worse. His tactical bungling won't matter on a team with no reasonable playoff shot, so his downsides can't really hurt you.
   14. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4749944)
I actually think Washington's well suited to manage a lousy team. There's some evidence that he's good at the "instruction" and "confidence building" aspects of management, and his players always seem to love him, so if you're trying to develop young guys, you could probably do a lot worse. His tactical bungling won't matter on a team with no reasonable playoff shot, so his downsides can't really hurt you.


This is something I've thought about a lot of late because Clint Hurdle fits the same description. The problem with hiring this kind of manager for your young team is... when the team is finally ready to contend, you can't fire the guy and bring in a manager who knows how to manage a good team and won't kill you tactically every third day.

The injury-fueled disaster that has been 2014, however, gives the Rangers an excellent excuse to fire Washington and bring in a better manager.
   15. The Good Face Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4749954)
This is something I've thought about a lot of late because Clint Hurdle fits the same description. The problem with hiring this kind of manager for your young team is... when the team is finally ready to contend, you can't fire the guy and bring in a manager who knows how to manage a good team and won't kill you tactically every third day.


Eh, not that big a deal, teams do it all the time. The timing could be a bit trickier when dealing with a manager who engenders immense loyalty among his players like Washington, but managers get fired, and everybody knows and accepts that.

The injury-fueled disaster that has been 2014, however, gives the Rangers an excellent excuse to fire Washington and bring in a better manager.


I wouldn't mind seeing him go, but I have a horrible feeling he'll be back for 2015. If they crash and burn next year, I think that'll be the end of him in Texas.
   16. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4749989)
The injury-fueled disaster that has been 2014, however, gives the Rangers an excellent excuse to fire Washington and bring in a better manager.

I think the injuries almost guarantee he'll be back if he wants to be. It's one thing to have the worst record in baseball with Prince Fielder, Derek Holland, Martin Perez, and even Mitch Moreland in the everyday lineup. But having to trot out the likes of Brad Snyder, Joe Saunders, and the desiccated remains of Carlos Pena's career gives Washington a lot of cover.
   17. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4750000)
Was it really necessary to leave Lewis in for 13 runs?


The last time I saw something like that, it was when Cito Gaston decided to teach David Wells a lesson.
   18. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4750011)
It should be noted that after Washington's fire-and-brimstone blistering, the Rangers went on to lose the next three for a neat 4-game sweep at home.
   19. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4750035)
For his next clubhouse meeting Washington drew a line.

The club raced to the field amped up like never before.

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