Kauf Drops: Insanity and the Necessary Changes

Texas Rangers are insane

Derek Holland had a “freak accident” at home and now the Texas Rangers are left with just two healthy, un-surgically repaired, starters in the rotation in Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis.

Wait, no that isn’t right.

Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz.

No, that isn’t right either.

Yu Darvish and Martin Perez become the only two starters in the rotation who haven’t gone under the knife over the last year and it leaves three open spots, two of which go to guys who missed the majority of the 2013 season, one of which only made two (really bad) starts this past season.

But wait, let’s not panic. Let’s not hit that big red ‘Easy’ button that Staples talks about all the time or look for the nearest magic lamp to rub hoping a big blue genie, that sounds a lot like Robin Williams, and who belts out a rendition of “Never Had a Friend Like Me,” ready to grant three wishes for the three empty spots in the Rangers’ rotation.

The front office, however, has to be scrambling to find at least one, perhaps two, starters to fill the holes this rotation has especially after the injury to Holland could keep him out for the entire year according to some surgeons familiar with the surgery the left-hander will undergo.

And, no, Nolan Ryan isn’t going to stroll out to the mound, pick up a baseball, rare back, and fire a 95 MPH fastball into the waiting glove of catcher Geovany Soto.

THAT Nolan Ryan isn’t walking through the door.

Inevitably public opinion will turn to the likes of another left-hander, David Price, who seems even more unlikely to land here especially since the Rangers really don’t have anyone to replace in the infield if they were really willing to give up Jurickson Profar in any sort of deal. Unless, that is, you’re ready to give the everyday job to Jeff Baker? Didn’t think so.

What makes this an even sadder situation is the fact Texas will more than likely put Alexi Ogando back into the rotation because three trips to the disabled list in 2013 wasn’t enough of an indication that he didn’t belong there in the first place.

Maybe they’ll try to stretch Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross out to try and turn them into starters only for both of them to blow out their arms Neftali Feliz style leaving the Rangers two more arms short in the bullpen and without a seventh and eighth inning guy.

Addressing the issue by trying to stretch out guys meant for the bullpen is a recipe for disaster, but I guess if you don’t learn your lesson the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth time, you just keep doing the same thing expecting different results. Isn’t that the definition of ‘insanity?’


It’s not the best for the Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones has been blame for a lot, and rightly so. He says during his weekly radio interviews that he understands the frustrations of the fans and that he knows his team should be achieving more than mediocrity for each of the last three seasons.

While that’s all well and good, Mr. Jones, you haven’t done one thing to make any of your fans feel like you’re ready to make the changes necessary to make this team better than they are right now. You certainly showed as much during the 2013 NFL Draft, taking a center in the very first round when most of your scouts told you he wasn’t a first round talent.

You also proved that by proclaiming at the end of the 2012 season, “I’m going to make things very uncomfortable [at Valley Ranch].” Then you fired your defensive coordinator after just one season, replacing him with a guy who made said defense that much worse one season later. Sure, you admitted it was probably a mistake, but you haven’t fired the guy you hired so I’m not sure you really understand what it takes to make the Dallas Cowboys into a championship contender.

The fact that Jones said, and no I’m not making this up, Jason Garrett was “almost there” in terms of turning this team around. Last time I checked, three straight 8-8 seasons wasn’t the definition of “almost there.”

With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, there are all sorts of mock drafts done by just about every publication you could imagine. But, as I told someone on twitter the other day, when has Jones ever held to any of what he was projected to do?

We know what the Dallas Cowboys need, we know what they should do when the draft comes around, but with Jones pulling the strings – anything is possible.

However, there will be one glaring indication that will tell you without a shadow of a doubt that the owner of the self-proclaimed “America’s Team” cares more about ‘star power’ than he does putting a winning team on the field.

If Jerry Jones trades out of the 16th (or 17th) pick in the first round and moves up to the top five to ensure he can land outgoing Texas A&M quarterback, Johnny Manziel.

I’m certainly not saying that is a foregone conclusion, but with Jones as unpredictable as he’s been in the draft the last few years, but I’m not putting anything past the man who wants all the control – and all the credit.


A change in Austin

According to a report from Barking Carnival, new Texas Longhorns’ head coach Charlie Strong has implemented new changes and installed new expectations of his team and his players.

I certainly didn’t believe Strong was the right choice for Texas, nor did I believe he was their first choice, I’ve said before it’s not about the big name or first choice, it’s about the right choice.

With the new, and quite strict, rules set in motion, what will be the long term impact felt in Austin and long term effect on the Texas Longhorns’ football program?

Maybe I was wrong about this guy from the start? We’ll see.

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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