Truth & Rumors > MLB

Hawpe, Rangers on collision course?

Views
15270
Comments
15

08:12 AM ET 03.27 | Opening Day is fast approaching for Brad Hawpe, who may not be ready for it in Texas. [Hawpe] has been limited to playing first base this spring, and has yet to play in the outfield as he continues to build up arm strength following Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery last August. Once he is able to play in the outfield, the Rangers feel Hawpe can be an asset off the bench. That would require Hawpe to begin the season at Triple A Round Rock. Asked about his willingness to accept a Triple A assignment, Hawpe said: "No, not right now. If I feel I can play in the big leagues, I want to play in the big leagues. If I can't play in the big leagues just yet, I've got to re-evaluate it."

Star Telegram

Ron Washington, Getty Images Ron Washington, Getty Images
March 27, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Um, Brad, you're not really in a position to bargain here. Pride is one thing, ego is quite another when you're in the twilight stages of a career ... Smile, take your millions, and enjoy Round Rock ... it's just a few minutes from the delights of one of the great music cities in the world, Austin!

March 27, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Um, Brad, you're not really in a position to bargain here. Pride is one thing, ego is quite another when you're in the twilight stages of a career ... Smile, take your millions, and enjoy Round Rock ... it's just a few minutes from the delights of one of the great music cities in the world, Austin!

Yup - shut up, take the pay check and go play where ever they send you.

Comment #3 has been removed
March 27, 2012  09:55 AM ET

One thing is for sure that kind of attitude doesn't sit well with this team. You either are onboard or you aren't. Go ask Young about how to be a real team player Mr. Hawpe.

March 27, 2012  10:04 AM ET

It's more than interesting to see how hitters who have played in Colorado fail to replicate their offensive numbers elsewhere.

March 27, 2012  10:27 AM ET

.......rangers will let em walk.....they are waiting for the angels to dump abreu and then go get em.....he then becomes thisw year napoli.....poor angels, yes u r (one of) the farm clubs of ur arch rival....

March 27, 2012  10:58 AM ET

if the Rangers want a weak-armed outfielder there are other options. get healthy and then he can worry about where he plays.

March 27, 2012  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

if the Rangers want a weak-armed outfielder there are other options.

Johnny Damon?

March 27, 2012  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Um, Brad, you're not really in a position to bargain here.

He is in a position to say no, and seek other employment. It's his prerogative.

March 27, 2012  02:11 PM ET

Dude! It's Round Rock, man. A stone's throw from Austin. AUSTIN!!Take your assignment, go to RR and party like a freakin' rock star. Experience the best BBQ, Mexican Food and Live Music in the whole freakin' country! Play golf with Willie Nelson! Hang out with Robert Earl Keen and check out the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue in downtown Austin. Pick up babes with Matthew McCoughney and Lance Armstrong on the UT campus! Did I mention the BBQ?? Go man, GO!! Remember...there's Texas, but then there's AUSTIN!! Signed, the City of Austin Chamber of Commerce.

March 27, 2012  02:13 PM ET

Dude! It's Round Rock, man. A stone's throw from Austin. AUSTIN!!Take your assignment, go to RR and party like a freakin' rock star. Experience the best BBQ, Mexican Food and Live Music in the whole freakin' country! Play golf with Willie Nelson! Hang out with Robert Earl Keen and check out the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue in downtown Austin. Pick up babes with Matthew McCoughney and Lance Armstrong on the UT campus! Did I mention the BBQ?? Go man, GO!! Remember...there's Texas, but then there's AUSTIN!! Signed, the City of Austin Chamber of Commerce.

March 27, 2012  03:36 PM ET

It's just a Hawpe, skip and jump to Triple A.

March 27, 2012  04:58 PM ET

Bishop: Nice.

March 27, 2012  11:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's more than interesting to see how hitters who have played in Colorado fail to replicate their offensive numbers elsewhere.

Bishop, it really depends on the guy. I don't think it's a Colorado thing. You see the same thing from players that leave other places, too. Are there examples of Rockies who hit great in Denver and not so great elsewhere? Sure. But, Andres Galarraga was still very good when he left Colorado. Same with Ellis Burks, Larry Walker, Juan Pierre, Matt Holliday. Yorvit Torrealba hasn't had a drop off in his two years since leaving the Rockies. In the case of Hawpe, his decline happened while he was still a Rockie; he's just never been able to regain what he once did. He was an All-Star in 2009 after a great first half, had a horrible second half and then a horrible 2010 before being released.

 
March 29, 2012  08:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's more than interesting to see how hitters who have played in Colorado fail to replicate their offensive numbers elsewhere.

You mean like Galarraga or Holliday? Your comment is uninformed and way off base.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Clippers, Warriors exchange barbs
    Views
    421
    Comments
    232
  2. 2
    Tuukka Rask takes blame for Bruins' Game 1 loss
    Views
    2455
    Comments
    231
  3. 3
    Smush Parker allegedly punches high schooler
    Views
    2037
    Comments
    140
  4. 4
    Time to penalize NHL's perennial losers?
    Views
    326
    Comments
    100
  5. 5
    Quarterback freefalling down draft boards
    Views
    7073
    Comments
    90

SI.com

SI Photos