Moore Drama

Moore
Last week Jackie Moore poured a can of gasoline all over Twitter and set the thing on fire. Rather than overreact on the spot, I sat back and collected some of my thoughts.

While there’s no doubt that Moore is unhappy about the way the Rangers are being run, that doesn’t mean his words should be dismissed outright. Even if he is going all scorched earth, there may still be some nuggets of truth in his rant.

Two comments in particular caught my attention, which are included below…
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”>Moore said JD spent too much time in the clubhouse, and he told him that. Also that JD went behind Nolan’s back.

— Jeff Platt (@jeffplatt) October 18, 2013

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Moore: &quot;A lot of people in baseball know the situation here. They know there's problems.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jeff Platt (@jeffplatt) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/391238876791988224″>October 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
The first part of the first tweet took me back to last year when there was a rumor going around that Jon Daniels and Ron Washington had been consistently getting into it about who was playing (old guys vs. young guys) down the stretch. I even heard the term “shouting matches” once or twice.

At the time I wondered if the players were aware of what was going on. If there were shouting matches, did the players know about them? Was it happening in or near the clubhouse?

If the players knew that JD was trying to strong-arm Wash into sitting certain guys, how might that affect morale and/or confidence and/or trust in upper management? As a fan it really shouldn’t matter to me whether Daniels ever played the game.  The players may see it differently, though.

Players may actually care if the guy filling out the lineup card knows what the daily grind is like. It’s not that big a deal if JD hangs around the clubhouse unless the players are bothered by him or think he’s trying to undercut the authority of their manager.

If his meddling distracts the guys on the field, then it concerns me.

The 2nd tweet raises concerns I had going all the way back to 2011. When Michael Young was asked to change positions for the 3rd time in his career, the drama made its way to the national stage. All we heard about was how much the organization was mistreating one of the game’s most respected veterans.

I started to wonder how this might impact the team’s reputation among other players and so-called baseball people. Moore’s comment seems to indicate that people around the game know there’s a problem (or at least perceive there to be a problem).

Again, this isn’t something that matters to me as a fan, but what if it hurts the team’s chances of luring in free agent players, coaches, or other staff in the future? That too concerns me.

There’s a lot in the Jackie Moore interview, which many interpreted as the comments of a bitter old man with an axe to grind. Still, they do make me wonder A) what kind of drama has been going on behind the scenes, and B) if clearing out Nolan and “Nolan guys” will spell the end of said drama.

Of course, none of it really matters if Texas gets back to winning. Nobody will care as long as they’re winning.

Press on, Rangers fans.

Mike Luna is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. He can be reached at Mike.Luna@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @dying_robot.
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