It’s the Texas Rangers against the world, apparently.
Social media and baseball fans, in general, have not taken kindly to the Rangers double-dipping the free agent infield market, landing superstars Corey Seager and Marcus Semien in addition to pitcher Jon Gray and outfielder Kole Calhoun for a total of $561 million spent.
Take all the shots at Texas you want, whether that be they’re a poverty franchise (clearly not), or a team that lost 102 games in 2021, or that Globe Life Field looks like a Costco or any other commentary. That doesn’t change the fact that the Rangers are putting in a concerted effort to try and win in 2022 after a forgettable 2021 season. We wish more teams would do the same! That would address MLB’s competition problem, after all.
But it’s become increasingly clear that people can’t stand the notion that the Texas Rangers actually landed good players (and still want to land more after the lockout!).
The world can’t accept that the Texas Rangers spent big in free agency before the MLB lockout, and that’s OK
People will even blame the union for pressuring Corey Seager to take the most money before crediting the Texas Rangers for being big spenders!
Oh yes, Marcus Semien left Toronto for a baseball wasteland down in Arlington. Classic!
Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Jon Gray and Kole Calhoun, apparently! And maybe Clayton Kershaw as well.
It seems to be all about denigrating the teams that actually make moves, not praising them for wanting to win. Why is it such an outlandish idea to be happy for the Texas Rangers? We’re always talking about the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers, and the Padres of late. It’s quite refreshing to see a new team (or teams) step up to the plate and make splashes. It’s good for the game.
We should all be more like Justin Turner, Corey Seager’s former teammate in Los Angeles, who had a classy response to Seager’s departure in free agency.
Overall, though, people can’t seem to handle the Texas Rangers spending money. And that’s OK, because we know that Jon Daniels and Chris Young are trying to build something special in Arlington, no matter what the outsiders say.