The Texas Rangers are coming off a horrendous 2018 season. Finishing with a 67-95 record and suffering two back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in ten years showed how discombobulated the team has become. It was so bad that the Rangers front office fired manager Jeff Banister before the season ended. It’s time for a fresh start.
It’s quite clear and obvious to say that the Rangers are bad would be a major understatement. At this point, it’s safe to say the club is officially back in rebuilding mode.
So where do the Rangers go from here?
The Rangers need a fresh start. General Manager Jon Daniels said it was time for a change and he felt it was the best thing for both the players, coaches and the entire organization.
“As we spent time evaluating the major league club, it became clear to me that we would benefit from a change in leadership,” Daniels said in a conference on the day of Banister’s firing. “We felt that a different voice was needed.
Last week, the Rangers hired former Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward as the new manager. Woodward has never managed before, so this gives a fresh start for both him and the Rangers. It isn’t the first time the Rangers have hired a manager without any managing experience.
“I can’t wait to lead this group, ” Woodward said in his introductory conference. “I’m very passionate about pushing this team forward.”
With a new manager at the helm, the Rangers can now comfortably prepare for next year’s spring training. The Rangers are on a mission to right all the wrongs from the last two painful seasons. They’re determined to return to their winning ways.
Right now, the Rangers’ starting pitching rotation is depleted. That indicates that there’s going to be some serious competition in spring training as far as pitching is concerned. Texas’ allowing of 848 runs is a tie for second most in the league and their 1,121 strikeouts placed them at the bottom. On top of that, Texas gave up the third most hits (1,516) and their 4.92 was third worse in the league. In other words, Texas’ pitching was terrible beyond description. So the Rangers are looking to construct an effective pitching rotation.
Even on the hitting side of the ball, the Rangers were not effective. 25th in the league in hits(1,308) and had the fourth most strikeouts(1,484). On a positive note, they were 12th in home runs(194) and 14th in runs scored(737). With players such as Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara, Ronaldo Guzman, Shin-Soo Choo, Joey Gallo, Adrian Beltre, and Elvis Andrus, the Rangers have got potential, but whether the question is if whether or not they can find their groove.
The Rangers are far from being an effective baseball team. But it’s time for a new direction. The Rangers want to take the exit ramp and return to their previous successful form. There’s a new sheriff in town and he’s seeking to restore order and bring success back to Arlington, Texas.