If there’s any team that can relate to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s the Texas Rangers. And they sent the Dodgers a hilarious tweet on Sunday night after the Dodgers lost Game 5 of the World Series 5-1 to the Boston Red Sox, marking their second straight defeat in the World Series.
Here’s what the Rangers said:
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) October 29, 2018
The Rangers lost consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011, falling to the Giants and then the Cardinals. Losing in 2011 stings even more for Texas considering they were an out away from winning the championship before losing Game 6 in extras and then Game 7.
At least Dodgers fans did not have to endure the same heartbreak in 2018, though losing in Game 7 in 2017 wasn’t too fun.
Joe Girardi confirmed over the summer that he wants to manage again, and he has begun the process of making that happen by interviewing with at least one team.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Girardi interviewed with the Texas Rangers on Friday for their managerial vacancy. The Rangers fired Jeff Banister last month after another losing season, and Girardi is the highest-profile candidate they have interviewed thus far. Some of the others include farm director Jayce Tingler, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde.
Girardi will likely interview for multiple jobs, and it would be a surprise if he did not land one of them. The most logical fit for him could be with the St. Louis Cardinals, who fired manager Mike Matheny this year. Girardi played for the Cardinals for a brief time during his career and maintains a strong relationship with president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.
Girardi has a career record of 988-794 and won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009. He’s also just 53, which is still young for an MLB manager. It makes sense that teams could be interested in him, and we’ve heard him linked to at least one other job in addition to the Rangers and Cardinals.
The last-place Texas Rangers are making a change in the dugout.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Rangers have fired manager Jeff Banister with ten games remaining in the season.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 21, 2018
The Rangers confirmed the news shortly thereafter.
The Texas Rangers announced today that Jeff Banister has been dismissed as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season effective immediately.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) September 21, 2018
Benister went 325-313 in a four-year tenure as Texas manager. That included two playoff appearances, though the Rangers failed to win a series in either year. He had one year remaining on his contract and after a 64-88 season, the Rangers clearly saw fit to simply move on now and get the building blocks in place with a new manager ahead of their move to a new stadium in 2020. As Banister was one of the managers with shaky job security, this doesn’t come as a huge shock.
Adrian Beltre has a full no-trade clause and is reportedly only willing to waive it to play for a contender, which is exactly what the Atlanta Braves are at this point. Does that mean the Braves and Texas Rangers could work out a deal?
According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Rangers and Braves have discussed a trade that would send Beltre to Atlanta. Beltre has not said publicly whether he would be open to playing for the Braves, and Morosi has been told he would prefer to either return to the Boston Red Sox or be sent to the Houston Astros or Cleveland Indians.
The Braves already have a full-time third baseman in Johan Camargo, but it’s possible Atlanta could be interested in a platoon in which Beltre faces left-handed pitching.
Beltre, 39, is hitting .292 this year with five home runs and 33 RBI. He’s having an impressive season given how old he is, and he could potentially help a playoff contender like the Red Sox, who just sent regular third baseman Rafael Devers to the disabled list.
We have heard of at least two other teams that are interested in Beltre, and the list could grow even more heading into Tuesday’s trade deadline depending on the Rangers’ asking price.
Willie Calhoun is finally set to make his long-awaited 2018 debut.
TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Texas Rangers will be calling up the top outfield prospect for Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
Willie Calhoun being called up to the big leagues tonight…. waiting to hear what other roster moves will be made after Jesse Chavez sent to the Cubs…. Alex Claudio due off the DL on Saturday
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 20, 2018
Calhoun, 23, was the blue chip prospect acquired by the Rangers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year’s Yu Darvish trade. He made his major league debut late last season (hitting .265 in 13 games) and has been batting .306 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs for Class AAA Round Rock this season.
The Rangers are last in the AL West at 41-56, and some of their veterans sure sound like they may be checked out. Now is as good a time as any for the team to embrace a youth movement and get players like Calhoun some reps.
The Texas Rangers demoted a pitcher to the minor leagues in a disciplinary measure, and a report says it was related to a late night out.
Texas announced on Tuesday that pitcher Yohander Mendez was sent down to Triple-A Round Rock and will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday. Mendez, 23, got hammered in his start on Friday and was looking to rebound on Wednesday.
But according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Stefan Stevenson, Mendez was out late on Monday night, prompting the discipline. From Stevenson’s report:
Mendez and teammate Rougned Odor were out late with some Royals players at a Kansas City establishment after Monday’s game, according to several sources. Apparently, the night on the town got out of hand for Mendez, which prompted the move.
The team said the demotion was for a violation of team rules. GM Jon Daniels also mentioned that this is part of a maturity lesson the team is trying to teach. Odor was benched for Tuesday’s game, though the team did not specify if it was related to the night out with Mendez.
Mendez is 0-1 with a 14.73 ERA in the majors over 3.2 innings. He wasn’t doing much better in the minors, as he was 0-6 with a 5.26 ERA.
A fight broke out on Wednesday night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers after a collision at the plate.
Matt Kemp was on second with two outs and was trying to score on a single to right. As he approached the plate, Robinson Chirinos was holding the ball in his way, so Kemp tried to knock him over. Kemp gave Chirinos a shove, and players from both sides came in to get involved.
Matt Kemp With no regard for Human Life pic.twitter.com/Pz5ynwYg6r
— Reporter Liam (@Blutman27UCLA) June 14, 2018
Both Kemp and Chirinos were ejected from the game.
Based on the new rules, Kemp was wrong for initiating contact; Chirinos was holding the ball and therefore had a right to be in front of the plate.