Focus on Baseball, Not Identity Politics or Manufactured Issues

Lloyd McClendon is guiding the Seattle Mariners to their best season since 2007 and perhaps their first playoff visit in 13 years. Yet when Houston’s Bo Porter was fired last week and Texas’ Ron Washington simply quit on his club Friday, ESPN’s Calvin Watkins couldn’t help but distract from Seattle’s success when the Mariners visited Arlington.

A dozen managers on MLB’s 2014 hot seat

Even with Mike Scioscia seemingly safe, there are still a lot of skippers in varying degrees of danger as baseball fast approaches its stretch run. Here is my ranking of 12 managers who may feel the seat starting to get warm, and one who may be the first casualty of 2014 as soon as this week.

Ron Washington v Bob Knight: Tale of the (Secret) Tape

In this post, a tale of the (secret) tape if you will, Jerod breaks down the secretly-recorded and expletive-filled locker room speeches of Bob Knight and Ron Washington. While each is relatively similar in diction, the two could not be more different in tone.

In Appreciation of the Ron Washington Managerial Doctrine

When I first moved to Dallas, it seemed like Ron Washington was managing for his job on a near daily basis. As things stand in the sports world right now, there may be no coach outside of Bill Belichick and Mike Tomlin with more job security. Why? It’s all about earned – not blind – faith that Washington has in his players.

Colby Lewis, “Regression To The Mean”, and a Statistically Insignificant World Series Game 6 Prediction

With Colby Lewis set to take the mound for the Texas Rangers in Game 6, Jerod has found himself intrigued by the superlative playoff statistics compiled by Lewis over the past two seasons and their power to comfort or antagonize Rangers fans, Cardinals fans, and objective bystanders alike. As with all stats, it just depends on how you look at them.

2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals v Texas Rangers TV Schedule and Pitching Probables

Though MLB is surely disappointed that its ratings cows – the Yanks, Red Sox, and Phillies – didn’t sniff this year’s World Series, you’ll find zero disappointment here. Texas-St. Louis has a chance to be a fascinating World Series matchup. Quickly, here is the TV schedule and pitching probables to whet your appetite.

Jim Leyland stinkpalmed Ron Washington before Game 5

While many people will credit a fluky bounce of the ball at third base for turning the tide of Game 5, the secret to the Tigers victory actually came much earlier, during the pregame. That is when Tigers skipper Jim Leyland executed his own form of hit-and-run on Rangers manager Ron Washington, as documented by AP photographer Paul Sancya.

MSF QuickCast #8: As Carlos Zambrano Exits, Ol’ Reliable Mark Buehrle Stands Alone in Chicago

In Carlos Zambrano’s exit, juxtaposed against the disappointment of the Wood-Prior-Zambrano trio, Jerod finds yet another way to appreciate their underappreciated contemporary: Mark Buehrle.

This Is How Little Ron Washington Go

Did you know that Little Ron Washington – he’s 7 years old – plays baseball like Big Ron Washington? That’s right. Little Ron drops the antlers on ’em, and drops the claw on ’em just like Big Ron would tell him would want him to.

The Best Sports Halloween Costume of 2010

I can tell you with 100% certainty that this is the best sports-related Halloween costume of them all. And if you argue with me, I’ll drop a claw on you.

World Series Predictions: Who ya got? Rangers or Giants? [POLL]

The stage is set for what should be an absolutely thrilling series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. This post is for one thing: predictions. So who ya got?

These two pictures sum up the 2010 Texas Rangers

The first shows Rangers players dousing Josh Hamilton with Ginger Ale after their ALDS victory. The second shows how Ranger fever is catching on in Dallas.

Inner Scarface of Rangers Manager Ron Washington Revealed

The Ron Washington cocaine use story has shocked the baseball world and created a very tenuous situation, and an undoubtedly short leash, for the Texas Rangers manager. It also inspired a funny picture. Score.