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Ray Davis fired Jon Daniels, and that’s fine. How it went down, though, needed to be better

(AP photo/Tony Gutierrez)


ARLINGTON — Ray Davis should name Tony Beasley as the Rangers’ manager today. Right now. This minute.

Beasley, the interim manager for all of 48 hours, was forced to be the voice of baseball operations Wednesday on a day when the head of baseball operations turned over for the first time since George Bush was president.

Davis fired Jon Daniels, a move that Davis said came as an utter shock to the Rangers’ president of baseball operations. Davis also said that general manager Chris Young was equally as shocked when told that he was now running the Rangers.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. Charles Neeley August 17, 2022

    JD, what goes around nearly always comes around.

  2. Monty W August 18, 2022

    Maybe it’s because I’ve been a paid subscriber to Texas Rangers Today for a while, but it seems to me the “plan” for the last year has been going accordingly. Maybe even a little better than expected? ’21-’22 offseason was supposed to be about position players. They shock the industry by getting both Seager & Semien. Anyone who would listen were told that we would not be competitive in ’22. Next phase of the plan is to get a stud pitcher to anchor our pitching staff of young guns. Maybe the farm system pitching isn’t where we would like it to be, but that’s not on JD. I don’t know how the inner workings of an organization works but I can’t think that all or the success the Rangers had was simply because of Nolan. I wish JD well & I’m sure he’ll land of his feet. If ownership want’s to put asses in the seat & sell tickets, they’ll get Nolan back involved with the team. You can read any Rangers post on the internet & see how much the public thinks Nolan was the reason the Rangers were successful for that period of time.

  3. A Stephens August 18, 2022

    Like your take JW. Critical but even handed and fair. Big time JD fan, but I get that the expiration date on his tenure has come.

    I love all of the testimonials coming out from those who have actually known him, as opposed to all the keyboard sages.. Hopefully he’ll spend some well deserved quality time with family before landing his next gig, where I’m sure he will do a heck of a job, as he did here.

  4. dcpylant@yahoo.com August 19, 2022

    Not sure if this played a part in JD’s firing on Wednesday. On Tuesday night’s game Ray Davis was sitting in his suite, when Taveras stopped midway between third and home and was tagged out to in the inning (Taveras had been caught stealing and Lowe had been thrown out at the plate earlier). There was some noticeable yelling and booing from the fans. When they next showed Davis’s suite, he was gone. We were all shaking our heads at Taveras’s mental mistake. With all the mental mistakes that this team has made over the course of the year, that may have pushed Davis to make the JD firing on Wednesday rather than waiting to the end of the year.


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