Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington knows one thing he’d change if he could: He’d make sure his everyday players got more rest during the season.
Or they might still be playing, and not already several days into what will be a long offseason.
“I could have looked at not having all my regulars play as many games as they played,” Washington said Tuesday. “I think if I could have changed that, and got them some opportunity to get more rest, they’d be much fresher as we went down the stretch. It could have been a difference. I question myself for that.”
After going to the past two World Series, Texas failed to win even one game this October. They lost 10 of their last 14 overall, including a sweep at Oakland to end the regular season before losing Friday to Baltimore in the first win-or-go-home AL wild-card game.
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Not counting the postseason game, Texas had seven players who appeared in at least 147 games. Former Seattle Mariner Adrian Beltre, 33, just finished his 15th major league season and was among five Rangers who played in at least 156 games.
“Maybe I played them into the ground,” Washington said.
The Rangers, who won 93 games, face some significant changes in their roster since eight players will be eligible for free agency. The most notable is slugger Josh Hamilton, and general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that the team is “not going to make a kind of pre-emptive proposal at this point.”
The Rangers were division leaders for a majors-best 158 games this season, taking the AL West lead four games into the season and staying there alone until being caught by Oakland in the 161st game.
They then lost the division crown, 12-5, to the A’s on the final day of the regular season, and lost a wild-card playoff game, 5-1, to Baltimore at home on Friday night.
ROCKIES COACHES FIRED
The contracts of Colorado Rockies hitting instructor Carney Lansford and third-base coach Rich Dauer weren’t renewed in the wake of manager Jim Tracy’s unexpected resignation over the weekend.
Lansford served two seasons under Tracy and had the Rockies batting .274 this season, tops in the National League. Unfortunately Colorado only hit .241 on the road, finishing with a 64-98 record, worst in franchise history.
Dauer spent four years as the Rockies’ bench coach and seven seasons in the organization overall.
FRICK FINALISTS NAMED
St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon and radio pioneer Graham McNamee are among the finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award.
The honor is presented by the Hall of Fame for excellence in baseball broadcasting. The 10 finalists were announced Tuesday, and the award will be presented at the winter meetings on Dec. 4.
The late Seattle Mariners broadcasting icon Dave Niehaus won the award in 2008.
The other finalists: Jacques Doucet, Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, John Gordon, Bill King, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega and Dewayne Staats.
Cheek, King and Doucet were the top three in online voting by fans. The other seven were picked by a Hall research committee.