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Texas Rangers: Calhoun’s reaction to demotion not ideal | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

He’s not helping himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:31 AM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rangers, willie calhoun

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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 11:41 AM (#5824574)
This seems like much ado about nothing, to be honest.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:03 PM (#5824580)
I'd be questioning my professional future too if I couldn't make this Rangers roster out of spring training. I mean, yeccch.
   3. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5824583)
IDK.... I, for one, think the world would be a better place if everyone's reaction to disappointment and perceived slights was to lie down quietly on the warm and sunny grass for an hour or so.

YMMV.
   4. Rusty Priske Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5824599)
He was disappointed and needed to take some time by himself to process it. That sounds a lot healthier than suck it up and pretend you are happy about it.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:54 PM (#5824611)
I'm more surprised the team expected him to play the day they demoted him.

If I had to demote an employee, I'd certainly let him take the day off to process it.
   6. The Good Face Posted: March 22, 2019 at 01:21 PM (#5824626)
I'd be questioning my professional future too if I couldn't make this Rangers roster out of spring training. I mean, yeccch.


Wouldn't want him stealing PAs from Shin-Soo Choo's unkillable zombie corpse. What a dumpster fire Texas is right now. It's like Miami, but with nobody paying attention.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 01:41 PM (#5824638)
What a dumpster fire Texas is right now. It's like Miami, but with nobody paying attention.

That's what I think too. No one is talking about this being a terrible team, but that's what it looks like, and that's before considering Jeff Mathis: Starting Catcher and his backup also being the backup 2B/3B.

Have you seen the rotation depth chart at MLB.com? There are only 5 names, so this might actually be it to start the season:

*** TRIGGER WARNING ***

1) Mike Minor -- 12-8, 4.18 ERA, 4.43 FIP in 2018. 56-50, 3.98, 3.88 career.
2) Lance Lynn -- 10-10, 4.77, 3.84 in 2018.
3) Drew Smyly -- Pitched 1 inning at A-ball last year, his first game since 2016. Hasn't been healthy and effective since 2014.
4) Edinson Volquez -- Last pitched a half-season in 2017. Hasn't been healthy and effective since 2015.
5) Shelby Miller -- 0-4, 10.69 ERA last year. Hasn't been healthy and effective since 2015.

What's the O/U on length of time this rotation remains intact? About 10 days is my guess.

Three years ago, the Rangers won 95 games and the AL West. That seems like about 3 lifetimes ago looking at the state of this roster now.
   8. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: March 22, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5824649)
That rotation looks really promising.... heading into 2014.
   9. ajnrules Posted: March 22, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5824650)
And they don't even have Adrian Beltre to make them watchable anymore.

What's the O/U on length of time this rotation remains intact? About 10 days is my guess.

It's okay. They have Jason Hammel waiting in the wings, him and his 4-14 record and 6.02 ERA last year.
   10. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:01 PM (#5824652)
It's okay. They have Jason Hammel waiting in the wings, him and his 4-14 record and 6.02 ERA last year.


If the Rangers have a fetish for ex-Cub SPs, I have some ideas for them....
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:04 PM (#5824654)
Wouldn't want him stealing PAs from Shin-Soo Choo's unkillable zombie corpse.


It's even worse than that - it sounds like that last roster spot came down to Calhoun or Hunter Pence, and they picked Pence.
   12. The Good Face Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:05 PM (#5824656)
That's what I think too. No one is talking about this being a terrible team, but that's what it looks like, and that's before considering Jeff Mathis: Starting Catcher and his backup also being the backup 2B/3B.


That's a little unfair. I mean sure, they can't pitch. But they make up for it by not being able to hit or defend. Oh shit...
   13. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:06 PM (#5824657)
See? Calhoun wasn't pouting in the grass beyond the playing field.... he was authoring clever posters in a last ditch effort to change their minds!
   14. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:10 PM (#5824662)
A few weeks at Round Rock to work on his memes is just what the doctor ordered....
   15. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:20 PM (#5824671)
5) Shelby Miller -- 0-4, 10.69 ERA last year. Hasn't been healthy and effective since 2015.


Shelby Miller led the league in starts and put up a 3.02 ERA in 2015. Since then, he's 5-18 with a 6.35 ERA.
   16. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:30 PM (#5824679)
That would be the year after he was traded for Jason Heyward.... This seems like something the CDC should be studying.

How many Tyrell Jenkins careers need to die?
   17. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:58 PM (#5824695)
If the Rangers have a fetish for ex-Cub SPs, I have some ideas for them....


Somewhere, Jason Marquis just got a tingle down his spine, without knowing why.
   18. base ball chick Posted: March 22, 2019 at 05:26 PM (#5824744)
Rusty Priske Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5824599)

He was disappointed and needed to take some time by himself to process it. That sounds a lot healthier than suck it up and pretend you are happy about it


zackly

and this is a seriously TERRIBLE team and he can't even make 4th OF. i'd be a little unhappy too

either the team thinks he's a minor leaguer period or they are waiting until that magic super 2 date passes

but mister man best get out his book of cliches and start memorizing them because they are for what you say to the manager and not just the media
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 22, 2019 at 05:45 PM (#5824746)
I'm more surprised the team expected him to play the day they demoted him.

If I had to demote an employee, I'd certainly let him take the day off to process it.
Yep. The team and (especially) the reporter come across way worse than Calhoun in this.
   20. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: March 22, 2019 at 06:03 PM (#5824751)
One line they kinda skipped is that he was offered the day off and took it.

Its bad enough when an employer holds used vacation against you come promotion time, his employer took him to the woodshed in the press. You'd think he just skipped out based on literally every sentence in this article except that one.
   21. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 06:30 PM (#5824755)
or they are waiting until that magic super 2 date passes

He's a born DH who has hit a combined .233 in 2 cups of coffee and was slugging a robust .261 this spring. He certainly hasn't forced his way onto the roster yet, and he's not a good enough prospect that you need to game his service time anyway.

He'll be 24 and I wouldn't want to stuff him in the 4th OF role yet. When he's up, he needs to play every day. And if you're committed -- for whatever reason -- to play Gallo and Mazara in the corners so you can leave 1B open for a non-entity like Guzman while the ghost of Choo's career is the DH... there's nowhere for Calhoun to play. Sucks to be blocked on a roster as bereft of talent as this one, but that's how it shook out.

I'd have probably stuck Gallo back at 3B and passed on Cabrera, opening LF for the less-terrible fielding option between Calhoun and Choo and having the DH spot available for the more-terrible fielder.
   22. John Reynard Posted: March 22, 2019 at 06:35 PM (#5824756)
If the Rangers don't want Calhoun, I bet there are 24-25 teams who would be happy to have him as a bench bat or even starter. I mean if he was with SF or Cleveland, he'd be a decent guess at their best OF bat, right? I mean we know his D is ####. But, that isn't why Texas isn't playing him.
   23. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 22, 2019 at 06:36 PM (#5824757)
Its bad enough when an employer holds used vacation against you come promotion time, his employer took him to the woodshed in the press. You'd think he just skipped out based on literally every sentence in this article except that one.


FTA:

He was in the lineup for one of their two split-squad games, but was given the option to not play. Manager Chris Woodward, for one, hoped that Calhoun would swallow the disappointment and make the right choice.



I don't know who's at fault here, probably the writer, but I agree, it's total BS.
   24. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 22, 2019 at 06:42 PM (#5824758)
That said, I don't know anything about Calhoun. What happened to his power? In 2016, he hit 27 HR in 560 PA. In 2017 he hit 31 HR in 534 PA. In 2018 he hit 9 HR in 470 PA.
   25. John Reynard Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:58 PM (#5824765)
That said, I don't know anything about Calhoun. What happened to his power? In 2016, he hit 27 HR in 560 PA. In 2017 he hit 31 HR in 534 PA. In 2018 he hit 9 HR in 470 PA.


Don't forget the 2 in roughly 100 MLB PA in 2018. But, yeah his power was down. Better coaching and scouting reports on upcoming pitchers with LAD system than Texas'? That would be my first guess.

Maybe he hits better when he's faking playing 2B than faking playing LF?
   26. jingoist Posted: March 22, 2019 at 08:20 PM (#5824767)
I know I risk sounding like the village idiot here, but what happened to the Rangers over the past 3 or so years.
Weren’t they something like 95 and 67 a few years back?
How did it go so wrong so fast?
   27. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: March 22, 2019 at 08:46 PM (#5824768)
You might as well ask why a Fielder falls in the woods.
   28. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 22, 2019 at 09:05 PM (#5824769)
The last season the Rangers were good was Fielder's last season, and his 370 PAs and OPS+ of 65 didn't really have much to do with it. The team just wasn't actually that good (they finished 13 games better than their Pythagorean record), and the old players got older while the young players, except for maybe Gallo, have not developed as hoped.
   29. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 22, 2019 at 09:12 PM (#5824770)
Wouldn't want him stealing PAs from Shin-Soo Choo's unkillable zombie corpse. What a dumpster fire Texas is right now. It's like Miami, but with nobody paying attention.

That's not fair. The current Marlins FO isn't going around signing people like Minor and Lynn to multi-year, 8-figure deals. The Rangers are trying. They just suck. Well-intentioned sucking is never going to bother the general public the way tanking will.
   30. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 09:24 PM (#5824772)
How did it go so wrong so fast?

Regression to the mean combined with the failure to develop any prospects in that time or to develop any of their young players into something more now than they were then. Even in 2016 when they went 95-67, they had a Pythagorean of 82-80 and their good luck was built on a house of sand: 5 eminently forgettable relievers who were all healthy and highly effective all season:

Sam Dyson 70 IP / 2.43 ERA / 188 ERA+
Matt Bush 62 IP / 2.48 ERA / 184 ERA+
Tony Barnette 60 IP / 2.09 ERA / 219 ERA+
Jake Diekman 53 IP / 3.40 ERA / 135 ERA+
Alex Claudio 52 IP / 2.79 ERA / 164 ERA+

They also traded the triumvirate of Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, and the dead cat bounce of Colby Lewis at the top of the rotation for two #6 starters and the rehabbiest of rehab cases filling out the rest of the rotation.

They swapped the good version of Jonathan Lucroy for Jeff Mathis. They traded Robinson Chirinos for Isiah Kiner-Falefa. They also traded Jurickson Profar for Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Kiners must be his mom's side, because there's no sign of Ralph in there.

Adrian Beltre retired.

Joey Gallo is more Dave Kingman than he is Mark McGwire.

Rougned Odor, Elvis Andrus, Nomar Mazara, and Delino DeShields Jr have not developed a single bit. Neither has anyone else for that matter.

I think that pretty much covers it. Everything that could have gone wrong has. Anything that could have gone right hasn't.
   31. Sunday silence Posted: March 22, 2019 at 11:13 PM (#5824788)
do you think the loss of their manager had anything to do with it and where is Ron Washington these days?
   32. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5824806)
@31. He's in ATL now. I think 3rd base coach.
   33. ajnrules Posted: March 23, 2019 at 02:35 PM (#5824843)
They have Jason Hammel waiting in the wings, him and his 4-14 record and 6.02 ERA last year.

And Hammel up and retired a day after being told he made the Opening Day roster. That should be a sign of how little players actually want to play in Texas.

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