4
| Sports |

The Rangers Even Suck at Sucking

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Behind a seven-inning, two-run start from Nick Tepesch and a two-run ninth inning, walkoff rally capped off by Adam Rosales' game-winning RBI single over a drawn-in infield, the Rangers knocked off the Angels yesterday, ending a four-game losing streak overall and a nine-game skid against the Halos.

It was yet another failure to execute in a season full of disappointment for the club.

At this point, it is imperative that the Rangers do everything they can to lose as many games as possible. Ninth-inning comebacks should be shunned. Yu Darvish should be shut down. Adrian Beltre should be sent on vacation. Jon Daniels and company should call up as many non-prospects as are currently on Frisco or Round Rock's rosters. The tank should be fully embraced.

The Rangers have had the first pick exactly twice -- taking Jeff Burroughs while still the Washington Senators in 1969 and infamously picking, and ruining, David Clyde in 1973 -- in their largely moribund history. This year, they have the chance for number three, but not if they stubbornly insist on competing down the stretch.

After yesterday's win, the team is only one game worse than the Colorado Rockies, a club that has sagely shut down its two best players, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, for the season. There is no pride to be had for finishing with the second-to-worst record in Major League Baseball, just the shame of not being able to draft uber-prospect Daz Cameron.

Cameron, the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron, is the speedy, power-hitting outfielder, likely to go No. 1 in the June 2015 draft, who you can see taking cuts in the video above. He's one of those rare guys who profiles -- like Mike Trout, or Ken Griffey Jr. or Mickey Mantle before him -- as a lock-down defensive center fielder who's also an elite hitter, the kind of guy you can build a franchise around for years.

Given Coors Field's massive outfield, the Rangers shouldn't expect Cameron to slip past the Rockies should the local team not try its hardest to give up. That, combined with the reduced bonus pool for draftees the Rangers would get if they fail to finish worst, would be unforgivable.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.