The People Of Rangers Nation vs Dave Magadan

*The court room falls silent as the defendant is led into the room. He is seated next to his defense counsel, the people who would hopefully redeem him to the jury, and silently waits for the judge to enter. The judge finally enters and declares the trial opened, calling upon the lead defense attorney to present the case for their client’s innocence. Attorney Sarah Powers rises from her chair and commences presenting her case…*

Ladies and gentlemen of Rangers Nation, I am here today to defend the actions and coaching of David J. Magadan. This is a job, I remind you, that he is attempting, despite dealing with a roster depleted by injury and lacking in the talent expected of a healthier club. There are some things we need to consider when determining how much guilt he should bare at this time.

2011 was one of the most all-around solid seasons the club has produced. The complaint with then coach Thad Bosley was that when he did try to guide and instruct, he did a very poor job of getting his point across. In June 2011, Bosley turned into new hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. This resulted in better communication between players and coach; what hadn’t changed was the fact that there was an inherent level of talent that came with that group of hitters.

We, to date, have not seen the catcher position produce what Mike Napoli alone did in that year. If you’re curious and/or unable to recall, here’s what he did:


For us to expect that from Torrealba, Chirinos, Soto, Arencibia, and Telis is foolhardy, at best. If he can coax this out of any of those men, he deserves infinite money, and Texas would not be worried about eliminating the black hole that is the catching position.

The outfield has not been as talented as Hamilton, Cruz, Gentry/Murphy had been in 2010 and 2011, and yet we’ve expected Mr. Magadan to get that same production from non-starters, specifically the likes of Daniel Robertson and Jim Adduci. Again, let’s see him coax an MVP or mammoth, tape-measure home runs out of these guys.

The talent levels are vastly different and can only be compensated only to an extent, especially when this current caliber of player is involved. Regression, in the likes of a veteran (Kinsler, Murphy, Beltre, Rios) also plays a part in what can go right or wrong on the whole for a player. The coach can only do so much, if anything, to help a player avoid aging at the plate, and the last couple of seasons saw some of those veteran players simply start to succumb to the aging process.

Many feel that he’s not doing enough to help Elvis, Leonys, and Roogie develop more at the plate. I advise those people to go and listen to when Wash is asked about these guys. He will mention fairly regularly that they are being guided and instructed, but that it’s also up to them to use the information given to achieve changes and success at the plate. That seems fair for them to expect, especially since coaches don’t get to swing the bats during the game.

Positional inconsistencies + injuries, simple regression, and talent fluctuations are hard for any coach to fix, as many of us feel he should be doing now. It’s hard to expect him to get much out of the Rosales, Robertsons, Arencibias, and Adducis of the world, players who are not meant to be starters on a contending club. All that being said, he may be the one to fall on his sword at the end of the season.

In summary, let us try to remember what he is battling this season and give him the benefit of the doubt, as we the fans are more than ready to do with Wash. It is my sincere hope that he remains with the club and that the whole team and staff will get to embrace the clean slate next season will present. With that, the defense rests.

Sarah Powers

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