The Sunday Read: New-look Rangers are thinking playoffs as spring training beckons
(Rangers Today/Jeff Wilson)
Spring training was different last year, and not just because the lockout shortened it.
The Rangers had spent some serious money. They said they were going to be better on the field. They picked up the option year on the manager’s contract.
As it turned out, they didn’t spend enough. They were better, marginally. The option year for Chris Woodward became a severance package. Things were so bad that the Jon Daniels era ended in August two days after the Woodward era.
Spring training is going to be different again this year. Pitchers and catchers work out for the first time Tuesday, with:
A new manager, three-time world champion Bruce Bochy.
A new pitching coach, postseason regular Mike Maddux.
General manager Chris Young atop baseball operations.
Three new starting pitchers, including arguably the best there is.
Renewed optimism that the 2023 Texas Rangers can be a contender.
“I don’t like losing,” Young said. “I know our players don’t. I know our manager didn’t come out of retirement to lose.”