Is it just a coincidence? At roughly the same time that the Texas Rangers gave a very short contract extension to manager Ron Washington, the organization promoted double-A manager and fan favorite Steve Buechele to triple-A Round Rock. There, Buechele will learn to deal with major league players and also become more familiar with the organization’s short-term plans for the big club.
As the team continues to scramble to fill out the rotation, the writing may soon be on the wall for Washington. Ace Yu Darvish and youngster Martin Perez may essentially be the only two returning starters from last year. Unless the new-look offense, anchored by free agent imports Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, gels much more quickly than anticipated, the Rangers could find themselves in an early hole.
Derek Holland is scheduled to return from knee surgery, but that date may not be until after the All-Star break, and the season may very well have gone down the tubes by that time.
Of course, if Matt Harrison‘s back really is healed and if Tommy Hanson and Joe Saunders are able to contribute, the team may be in line for another pennant. But, if my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a streetcar.
Buechele fits the model of the player-manager that seems to be the hot new trend right now (Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals and Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox spring immediately to mind). As a player, Buechele never appeared in Globe Life Park. That could very well change, and soon.
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