Truth & Rumors > MLB

Texas' No. 1 issue isn't Hamilton's future

Views
12584
Comments
34

08:12 AM ET 10.08 | Josh Hamilton's future remains a headlining topic in Texas, yes, but it may not be the biggest elephant in the room. [The] Rangers' elephant is DH/first baseman/third baseman/team captain/face of franchise Michael Young, who produced his least productive season since 2002. Young turns 36 years old in two weeks and has one year left on a contract that will pay him $16 million next season. Yet it's not the money that should concern the Rangers. It's the ill fit that he became in the team's everyday 2012 lineup. ... His role needs to be diminished, and therein lies the problem. Can the Rangers afford to pay Young $16 million for 200 fewer at-bats? More importantly, would manager Ron Washington even go for the idea of a Michael Young demotion?

Star-Telegram

Josh Hamilton, Getty Images Josh Hamilton, Getty Images
October 8, 2012  08:54 AM ET

It is a never ending saga of those long tern contracts teams give these players in their prime, but when mother nature comes calling and the team still owes big money to a player and he cannot perform at the top of his game any more.

October 8, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Give the Dodgers a call.

October 8, 2012  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It is a never ending saga of those long tern contracts teams give these players in their prime, but when mother nature comes calling and the team still owes big money to a player and he cannot perform at the top of his game any more.

I give you A-Rod as exhibit A Your Honor....

October 8, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Wash is going to come to the realization shortly that it's time to move on with the kids... ot it's going to be time to move on without Wash.

I think Wash stays... He understands how baseball go.

October 8, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Wash is going to come to the realization shortly that it's time to move on with the kids... ot it's going to be time to move on without Wash. I think Wash stays... He understands how baseball go.

Well my friend Otis I know your expectations was a lot greater than what the end result was. Washington is a good manager but sometimes being stuborn doesn't always fair well for managers. Mike is old in baseball years and something drastic has to be done and maybe the shakeup will bring new life into the Rangers.

The Yankees will be playin in the ALCS and quite Possibably the WS..........I like that, I like that!

October 8, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well my friend Otis I know your expectations was a lot greater than what the end result was. Washington is a good manager but sometimes being stuborn doesn't always fair well for managers. Mike is old in baseball years and something drastic has to be done and maybe the shakeup will bring new life into the Rangers.

The Yankees will be playin in the ALCS and quite Possibably the WS..........I like that, I like that!

Your ALDS match up in intriguing... I'll say that. One game didn't give me a real read on the Orioles but it's clear they enjoy the underdog role.

I was rooting for the A's but they are behind the 8-ball right now. Verlander was a stud the other night and that was a hell of a comeback yesterday.

I suspect I will become more engaged over the next week or so... but I'm really disappointed in the home team here.

October 8, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well my friend Otis I know your expectations was a lot greater than what the end result was. Washington is a good manager but sometimes being stuborn doesn't always fair well for managers. Mike is old in baseball years and something drastic has to be done and maybe the shakeup will bring new life into the Rangers.The Yankees will be playin in the ALCS and quite Possibably the WS..........I like that, I like that!

I'm takin' it one game at a time bro. Lets win game 2 and come home 2-0.

October 8, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Your ALDS match up in intriguing... I'll say that. One game didn't give me a real read on the Orioles but it's clear they enjoy the underdog role. I was rooting for the A's but they are behind the 8-ball right now. Verlander was a stud the other night and that was a hell of a comeback yesterday. I suspect I will become more engaged over the next week or so... but I'm really disappointed in the home team here.

You're right about the O's , though I prematurely think even if they leave Baltimore 1-1, 2 of 3 in Yankee Stadium will be awful tough, but not impossible, but awful tough, so I'm confident.

I can't imagine how you feel after the past 15 days or so regards to the Rangers, awfully tough!

October 8, 2012  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm takin' it one game at a time bro. Lets win game 2 and come home 2-0.

That would be nice, and I don't think the collasp of 04 would reinvent itself this time around.

October 8, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Wash is going to come to the realization shortly that it's time to move on with the kids... ot it's going to be time to move on without Wash. I think Wash stays... He understands how baseball go.

A lot of peeps will place this season on Wash and maybe deservedly so, but ... he can only work with what's he been given. The Rangers do need to give these younger guys a whirl ... we keep hearing about the farm system so let's give it a ride ... as for Young, time to move on, it's been great, but his age is showing. The biggest problem isn't Young or Hamilton ... it's starting pitchers and catching ... and I have no idea what they're gonna' do. They picked up Soto to replace Napoli, but he isn't all that. They will get Lewis back and maybe Neftali, but Holland wasn't the stud this year and Harrison finished on a sour note ... we'll have to see what they come up with because Dempster and Oswalt are not the answer either ...

October 8, 2012  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That would be nice, and I don't think the collasp of 04 would reinvent itself this time around.

We have to just stay focused on our game with the understanding that we're playing a dangerous team in close games. Go out, get the lead and keep the pedal to the floor.

October 8, 2012  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

A lot of peeps will place this season on Wash and maybe deservedly so, but ... he can only work with what's he been given. The Rangers do need to give these younger guys a whirl ... we keep hearing about the farm system so let's give it a ride ... as for Young, time to move on, it's been great, but his age is showing. The biggest problem isn't Young or Hamilton ... it's starting pitchers and catching ... and I have no idea what they're gonna' do. They picked up Soto to replace Napoli, but he isn't all that. They will get Lewis back and maybe Neftali, but Holland wasn't the stud this year and Harrison finished on a sour note ... we'll have to see what they come up with because Dempster and Oswalt are not the answer either ...

IMO, Texas needs to trade Andrus or the Profar kid for some pitching. They don't need both of them. Maybe calling Tampa Bay would be a good place to start.

Comment #13 has been removed
October 8, 2012  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I was rooting for the A's but they are behind the 8-ball right now. Verlander was a stud the other night and that was a hell of a comeback yesterday.

I don't know how the Tigers pulled that one out yesterday, but it was a thing of beauty. Thanks Coco Crisp!

October 8, 2012  12:08 PM ET

I really love haveing the bloody dodge ad ram down our throat.I will never buy a dodge because of this ad being forced upon us.You can not bypass it you are forced to watch the ad.I hope Hamiton goes to DETROIT.

October 8, 2012  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

IMO, Texas needs to trade Andrus or the Profar kid for some pitching. They don't need both of them. Maybe calling Tampa Bay would be a good place to start.

Profar is probably a better hitter once he gets into a groove, but at this point ... Andrus is a better fielder although he's been improving on the hitting ... either way ... they need starting pitchers ... and a catcher that can hit ...

October 8, 2012  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I really love haveing the bloody dodge ad ram down our throat.I will never buy a dodge because of this ad being forced upon us.You can not bypass it you are forced to watch the ad.I hope Hamiton goes to DETROIT.

will Detroit be willing to overpay like they did for Fielder?

don't know about the dodge ad ...

October 8, 2012  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Profar is probably a better hitter once he gets into a groove, but at this point ... Andrus is a better fielder although he's been improving on the hitting ... either way ... they need starting pitchers ... and a catcher that can hit ...

Catchers are tough to find. The ones that can hit, can't field and the ones that can field can't hit .With offense the Rangers have they should just find a great defensive catcher, and if he hits 240 with 10-15 hr's be happy.

October 8, 2012  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I really love haveing the bloody dodge ad ram down our throat.I will never buy a dodge because of this ad being forced upon us.You can not bypass it you are forced to watch the ad.I hope Hamiton goes to DETROIT.

I don't see that happening. Verlander, Miggy and Prince all have big contracts, Fister and Porcello are arby-eligible, and the Tigers have some guys down on the farm to fill in the outfield. They won't break the bank for an oft-injured corner outfielder.

 
October 8, 2012  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I don't know how the Tigers pulled that one out yesterday, but it was a thing of beauty. Thanks Coco Crisp!

I'm glad the Tigers won, but a thing of beauty, the game was not.

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
    815
    Comments
    436
  2. 2
    Time to penalize NHL's perennial losers?
    Views
    1134
    Comments
    273
  3. 3
    Report: Raiders to release Terrelle Pryor on Monday
    Views
    1377
    Comments
    59
  4. 4
    Will NFL owners blackball Donald Trump?
    Views
    1227
    Comments
    55
  5. 5
    Packers lovers have own dating site
    Views
    1074
    Comments
    45

SI.com

SI Photos