The offending tweets could have been deleted because when I checked an archive of his Twitter page yesterday I saw nothing controversial. Then again what is controversial to the Angelos family may be different than the average public opinion.
I had that thought too - I suppose Rio competitive with them if he can truly climb the defensive spectrum at this late age, but I give the younger guys more of a chance to become bench contributors down the line, or maybe even hold off Westburg/Vavra a bit.
A couple of years ago I watched, on gameday, an agonizing at bat from one of the Rangers weakest hitters, against Kevin Gausman. Wieters was catching. Buck was managing.
Gausman threw the exact same pitch, the exact same way, to the exact same place, seven times. On the eighth exact same pitch to the exact same place, the batter hit it for a single. The Os lost.
I was furious, and at the time there was a lot of chatter about that at bat. I do not know whether the catcher was calling that pitch every time or Gausman Insisted on throwing that pitch every time and was shaking off alternative pitch choices, so I don’t know who was being stubborn, in the event anyone was being so.
But I always think of that AB when I consider the intangible dynamics between catcher and pitcher. Does the pitcher trust the catcher enough to follow his advice? Does the catcher have enough experience, dominating personality, stubbornness, or what have you, to make the pitcher follow his advice?
And is the catcher right? If the pitcher does correctly what the catcher wants, is it the right decision?
Those are very important questions and I submit that it is obvious that our current guys fail in all of them.
I'm a little surprised. Valaika seemed decently useful. Is Ruiz better than him either offensively or defensively? I don't think so. The one thing Rio has going for him is being lefty but he still doesn't hit RHP. Maybe it will be Jahmai or Bannon sooner rather than later? Would make more sense to me than DJ.