Rangers Rumors: Daniels, Hicks, A-Rod

As the Rangers prepare to face off against the Yankees, GM Jon Daniels faces speculation that he'd be interested in running the team he grew up rooting for: the New York Mets. But as Newsday's Ken Davidoff reports, Daniels remains focused on his team's playoff run and the Mets haven't asked to speak to anyone in the Rangers organization. Here's the latest on Daniels and the Rangers:

  • Davidoff says "even if the Mets don't look at [Daniels] personally, they should at least look at the Rangers and try to emulate them." 
  • Daniels told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that the Rangers' success comes from a simple approach. "Our plan isn't rocket science," the GM said. "We're not the first team that said, 'Hey, let's build from within.' We've had success to this point because our evaluators are good. Our scouts are good. Our development people are good."
  • Daniels wouldn't have the chance to opt out of his Rangers contract if Tom Hicks hadn't sold the team. Now on the outside looking in, Hicks tells Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork that he regrets signing Alex Rodriguez to a ten-year $252MM deal.

18 Responses to Rangers Rumors: Daniels, Hicks, A-Rod Leave a Reply

  1. Brandon Woodworth 5 years ago

    ARod doesn’t. Neither do the steroids.

    • Vmmercan 5 years ago

      Something tells me steroids don’t have feelings and thus don’t care one way or another about the contract…

  2. Brandon Woodworth 5 years ago

    Successful troll is successful. Thanks for playing.

  3. Russell Mania 5 years ago

    Maybe I need to stop clicking on the comment section.

  4. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Anyone else tired of steroid comments?

    • I’m tired of steroids in baseball.

    • It’s too damn bad that players like A-Rod will always get mocked and frowned upon for using steroids. However, it’s too damn bad that players like A-Rod used steroids in the first place.

      • Don’t cheat and you wont be frowned upon, easy as that!

        • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

          The funny part is there’s no real conclusive evidence steroids actually changed stats. And HGH, well there’s more evidence that the only effect it had was to prevent injuries and allow players to heal faster.

          • TapDancingTeddy 5 years ago

            I’m not sure what you mean about the evidence about HGH helping heal players or preventing injuries. Do you have any good links to where HGH might be referenced positively?

            The anecdotal evidence I’ve heard is that HGH was taken by steroid abusers to help counteract steroids’ tendency to make ligaments brittle.

            As for other HGH use, a number of people have said it’s useless for recovery. In fact that guy (McNamee)who sold steroids and HGH to Roger Clemens told Andy Pettitte that HGH wouldn’t help his recovery from an elbow injury. Andy got some and took it anyway, and he said he didn’t think it helped.

            I’m not trying to be a bitch about the subject, I’m just genuinely interested about the subject of what “performance enhancers” actually do to athletes.

          • Sleepykarl 5 years ago

            Yup. Roids are not nearly as effective on the lower body (where pitchers and hitters get their power). The biggest explaination for the jump in offensive stats is most likely the smaller fields, lower mounds and the changing of the baseball material (it bounces much higher, adding distance).

  5. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    I would not be shocked if one dat steroids and HGH are used by doctors to treat sports injuries and to aid in training regimens on a regular basis.

  6. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    Baseball is not always about conclusive evidence and black and white facts. Stats are the results, but don’t say how one gets to the results. There’s no conclusive evidence as you say, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to the contrary. The single season HR record stood for almost 40 yrs and was broken in the span of a few years 3 times by 3 different players. Two were comfirmed steriod users and one is suspected but not confirmed yet. Brady Anderson averaged 16 HRs throughout his career, hit 51 one year and was comfirmed to have been on the juice. Never came close to that number again.
    Barry Bonds, a great player became all-world after passing his prime, breaking all kinds of records, not yet confirmed as a user, but the anecdotal evidence, as well other people claim otherwise. Roger Clemens, a great pitcher, became even greater after his prime, pretty much confirmed , though not technically a user. The fact that a player uses steriods doe not mean he becomes all world, but you cannot discount that chance that it helps the great players do incredible things. When you make statements like yours, it sounds like the politicians that claim there is no evidence of Global Warming. You see pictures of areas with glaciers that have disappeared, and they say there is no conclusive evidence that Global Warming exists. Lets please get pass this steriods garbage, it happened we’re going to have to figure it out in the future. This clinical, black and white statement of yours is disingenuous at best.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      I figured that was addressed to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not arguing steroids had no effect, I was simply playing devil’s advocate (pause for the memory of Homer Simpson playing the video game Devil’s Advocate). Yes there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence. However there’s also anecdotal evidence to suggest the ball was juiced by the league to intentionally raise home run totals. Of course there’s also the possibility that some players are outliers on what is a normal distribution curve.

      Personally I agree with the let’s move past the steroid era, the controversy is still there but it lacks the punch. Oh, and by the way, I do believe in Global Warming.

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        I Knew all along you were level-headed

      • Sleepykarl 5 years ago

        I like how everyone points at baseball for steroid corruption when roids have been thriving in all sports for 50 years. My favorite quote on it;
        Olympic hammer throw champion Harold Connolly was talking to a reporter and he said, “It’s all timing. If you’d been born later, taken steroids, you could have won a few more gold medals.”
        His response, “You kidding? I was using after 1960. We all were.”

  7. Slopeboy 5 years ago


  8. The main reason A-Rod took steroids is that he said he was under a ton of pressure to perform under that contract. Doesen’t that make you think for one minute, that Al’s legacy either way was marred by that contract? If he didn’t take steroids, he would have cracked under the pressure of performing, and people would say he never deserved it. But he did take steroids, which a few years later, made him one of the most hated sports figures in history. That being said, you can actually put into perspective that big contracts, one way or another, is bad for baseball and the players(not counting the non-roiders who performed getting that contract), which leads to another perspective of a baseball salary cap.

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