It’s been a chaotic week for the Texas Rangers organization, and Tony Beasley is trying to keep everyone unified.
The Rangers fired Chris Woodward on Monday, then president of baseball operations Jon Daniels on Wednesday. Beasley took over as interim manager, with Chris Young absorbing Daniels’ responsibilities.
Texas has underperformed this season, which comes after an offseason spending spree that was supposed to launch the team into, at the very least, postseason contender status. They will fall well short of that, and now have to go back to the drawing board in the offseason to figure out how to get there.
But there’s still a chunk of season left to play, and mailing it in the rest of the way will do nothing to boost their long-term outlook, so Beasley needs to get the current group to buy in. That can be hard after so multiple big firings, but appearing on “The K&C Masterpiece”, Beasley shared what it's like around the team nowadays.
“I do feel like the team handled the last few days with a lot of grace, because everyone was affected,” Beasley said. “You never know how it’s going to stem into the clubhouse and onto the field, but at the same time I felt like everybody handled the situation like professionals. I had to have conversations with guys, obviously we were tweaking things just a little bit as far as routines were concerned, even just a couple things that we were doing as a team as far as unification, just unifying us, organizational stuff.
“So I asked a few guys to do some things differently, so it’s a little bit of discomfort with that as well, but I felt like we came together as a unit and everybody has been supportive. The players that I have called upon have stepped up, and the staff has been around me. So it’s been a good transition for us as far as sticking together and making sure that moving forward we can try to do what we can to finish the season strong.”
The Rangers split their series with the Oakland Athletics after Woodward got canned, and now they’re on the road for a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins that begins Friday. Perhaps the change of scenery will be welcomed following a tumultuous few days in Arlington.