Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rangers' front office to blame

Continuity in today's professional sporting landscape is nearly impossible to maintain.

That being said, the Texas Rangers can point to a lack of continuity as to why they haven't been in a pennant race in three years.

In 2004, I went to Arlington for a story on the Rangers' AL West chances as they stood in late August. When I looked around the room I saw faces like Kevin Mench, Alfonso Soriano, Kenny Rogers and Mark Teixeira.

What do those four have in common? They are no longer Rangers. And that's part of the problem. With the exception of Rogers, those players could have been long-term building blocks for the Rangers.

Instead, they're scattered throughout Major League Baseball and watching from afar as the Rangers struggle to another last-place finish.


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