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Tom Hicks must sell the Rangers

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  • #16
    I'm a Red Sox fan but live in north Dallas so i follow the Rangers as well, and attend games at the stadium.

    The Rangers organization is at the point of being pathetic. The game presentation is done as a videogame, not as baseball. The try so hard but it turns off amny fans. On Sunday there was a spectacular catch in CF and never a highlight shown, instead the Ranger girls danced on the Dugout like Hooter girls. It felt cheap and desperate.

    The minor leagues are near barren. Eric Hurley looks like a future solid starter, but position players are nonexistent in AA and AAA. No excuse for that except a failure by management(Hart and into the current group, many of Hart guys).

    The Rangers complain that the pitching stinks because of the ballpark but cannot get anyone to even DH there. I mean Phil Nevin, Sosa, Fullmer... this seeming dreamland for a DH can't attract a decent hitter. (THough SOsa, who I hate, has played pretty well this year). The point is, players do not want to play with the Rangers.

    They need to trade Tex, he is overrated and an empty guy emotionally, and start from scratch. Recognizing that good baseball will attract fans. That the Rangers are at least 3 years from being a respectable organization.

    They need to realize that the status quo is being a big market team with the performance of the Royals. No excuse.
    2008

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    • #17
      IMO, Tom Hicks is a decent owner, not for the Rangers though. Someone said that we need an owner who will devote his time to this team and this team only. I back that 100%. This team has never made it PAST the first round in the playoffs and quite frankly, doesn't look like it is going to happen ANYTIME soon.

      I mean it is not all Hicks fault that this team is on a fasttrack to failure. There are numerous reasons:

      1. Jon Daniels. Lets just look at this. We had Chris Young, Aaron Harang, Alfonso Soriano, Gary Matthews Jr., Mark DeRosa, Alex Gonzalez, Coco Cordero, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Lee, John Danks, and not to mention several more that I can't, and don't want to think of. We lost all those men to free agency or trades.

      Jon Daniels has been productive in some perspective though. He has/had picked up Brad Wilkerson, Phil Nevin, Brandon McCarthy, Nelson Cruz, as well as several minor league players. I'm sorry I just think he is a pathetic GM and a nutcase. He is too young and inexperienced. I think with a new GM as opposed to a new owner we would do a lot better.

      2. The players. I go to a lot of Ranger games, atleast 2/3 times a homestand. I come in early, around 3:30-4:00, and notice the players when they come out of the dugout. They arn't even excited to play. There is no team morale. Can I blame them? No, but atleast be excited to come out and show your hometown a win.

      And along with that, the fans come into play. The Rangers have some of the most loyal fans I think I have ever seen. They are starting to dwendle away with the recent failure, but I don't think I've ever seen more loyal fans. Not in San Diego, not in Florida. And when your players don't even acknowledge your fans, it sends a bad vibe if you ask me. I've seen little girls wave and yell at their favorite player just to say hi, and the players just ignore her. I just find it hard to come back to a ballgame and watch your favorite team play when they don't even care what happens. There is only one guy I've seen acknowledge the fans on numerous ocassions and that is C.J. Wilson. Everyone else is practically a dick to the fans. I think out of everytime I've gone to a game, Ian Kinsler has never acknowledge a fan. Never seen him look at one, wave at one, or even say hi to one. They might be trying to focus for todays game, but honestly, its just rude when you can't even show a little enthusiasm.

      3. The Weather/Stadium. I can't really use this as an excuse to the poor play over the past few years, but it is very understandable why players do not want to play here in Arlington. Summers are 100+, humid, sticky, and sun blazing. It's a hitters park, so the pitching is hard to buy with the salary we have. And hitters don't want to come to a hot, sticky park that has no pitching. I was very shocked when Mike Young signed his extension. But, nonetheless, that is no excuse for bad play.

      There are more reasons. I could go on forever. But I honestly think that the GM/Owner combo are not working out here in Arlington.
      Last edited by Texas Rangers; 05-31-2007, 12:40 PM.
      Texas Ranger Baseball 2008..

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      • #18
        Tom Hicks must be an intelligent guy to have gotten to where he is today, but he is a businessman first, last and always. I really don't think he has a clue about sports, or maybe he just doesn't care as long as he makes money.
        I don't have the exact quotes, but his past comments about "it's about marketing and name recognition, not winning that attracts fans" and "we'll only increase the payroll when attendance increases" and "the worst thing that could have happened was we spent a lot of money and the Stars won the Stanley Cup". He just doesn't understand that fans are driven by a desire to see their team have a chance to compete. Until he does sell, or at least go away and play away with his other toys, the Rangers will NEVER be good. It sucks, b/c my sons used tolove the Rangers, and even they don't really care about them anymore, to the point of making fun of how bad they are.

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        • #19
          I say blow the team up. Don't keep anyone you can get rid of and get younger talent in return.
          Baseball Journeyman

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          • #20
            Agreed

            Agree, agree, agree....starting with the owner who thinks the fans should come out BEFORE he puts a decent team on the field. He doesn't care if they win or lose, just if he makes money!!!!

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            • #21
              Do you guys no what you are sayin is it Hicks fault that the rangers cant make a easy play. Is it Hick's fault that there starting pitchers can't last more than 2 innings. And every time we have a decent player we traid them. Take Chris young. We traded him and he's doing great in San Diego. Danks was one of our top prospects and we traded him. Dont blame it all on hicks. I dont know what on earth Dainels is thinking trading the better palyers on our time. But I do agree with Randy. He needs to care about giving more attention to winning and not the ballpark and it's name.
              Congrats Sammy Sosa big number 600 . And after that hr The cat hit 1 of the most least noticed hr's ever. See you in coopers tow sammy.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by gambler21777 View Post
                Do you guys no what you are sayin is it Hicks fault that the rangers cant make a easy play. Is it Hick's fault that there starting pitchers can't last more than 2 innings. And every time we have a decent player we traid them. Take Chris young. We traded him and he's doing great in San Diego. Danks was one of our top prospects and we traded him. Dont blame it all on hicks. I dont know what on earth Dainels is thinking trading the better palyers on our time. But I do agree with Randy. He needs to care about giving more attention to winning and not the ballpark and it's name.
                Didn't hicks hire that wanna be GM who made all those bad trades?

                No its not entirely Hicks fault but he should take a lot more blame than most.
                Baseball Journeyman

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                • #23
                  Well...Hicks fired Melvin, hired Hart, let Fuson get away and hired Daniels. Their payroll is still ridiculously low for the size market they play in, and that is set by the owner. His signing of Arod and eventual trade of him was an abortion all the way around. I just think he is an obnoxious, arrogant liar who believes we are stupid enough to buy the crap he keeps shoveling!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by gambler21777 View Post
                    Do you guys no what you are sayin is it Hicks fault that the rangers cant make a easy play. Is it Hick's fault that there starting pitchers can't last more than 2 innings. And every time we have a decent player we traid them. Take Chris young. We traded him and he's doing great in San Diego. Danks was one of our top prospects and we traded him. Dont blame it all on hicks. I dont know what on earth Dainels is thinking trading the better palyers on our time. But I do agree with Randy. He needs to care about giving more attention to winning and not the ballpark and it's name.
                    okay.., yes it is hicks fault. who do you think he hired to trade away all those good players?? are you familiar with baseball?
                    Texas Ranger Baseball 2008..

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                    • #25
                      Yes!

                      Hicks is an abortion of an owner.

                      He doesn't care one whit about winning baseball- he is solely a businessman.

                      As long as suckers still sidle up to the ticket window and fork over their hard-earned money to see this indescribably awful team play, Hicks will smile and count his money.

                      PLEASE sell this team, Hicks... to someone who is a baseball man.

                      Not some bean counter who is off buying English Premiere League soccer teams- and who knows what else.

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                      • #26
                        I don't know if you all agree with me on the fact that Jon Daniels is an awful GM, but if you are, things just got worse. Jon Daniels signed a one year extension.

                        What the h*ll is the matter with this management?
                        Texas Ranger Baseball 2008..

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz-06 View Post
                          Oh my God, no offence, this is pathetic, he can have as many franchises as he wants.

                          Just because he bought Liverpool with George Gillett (Montreal Canadiens owner) and has interest in other teams is no reason for him to sell the Rangers.

                          Come on people, like, what the hell?
                          It's not as if an owner has a pivotal role when it comes to the success of his franchise, besides giving money in hundreds.
                          you're not serious are you??? An owner can have incredible amounts of influence on the success of a team. It was Hicks' decision to release Doug Melvin, hire john hart, fire grady fuson, hire jon daniels and keep Hart on as an advisor. Now Doug melvin is tops in his division in the NL with milwuakee and Grady fuson is on top of his division with the padres as well.

                          Ever since Tom Hicks took the team over in '97 the team has been in a steady decline and is now starting to hit rock bottom.

                          Tom Hicks reminds me of the owner in Major League....

                          http://lonerangers.wordpress.com/

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