Texas Rangers: Chris Woodward foolish for blaming loss on ‘Little League Ballpark’

Seth Carlson
Apr 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward (8) argues with the umpires after the game against the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward (8) argues with the umpires after the game against the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Blaming the Yankee Stadium short porch for a Texas Rangers loss? Is that the level of accountability we’ve stooped to under manager Chris Woodward?

It’s frustrating to lose a game in walk-off fashion, especially in a low-scoring affair as was the case on Sunday afternoon in the first game of a double-header between the Rangers and New York Yankees in the Bronx. Gleyber Torres knocked a ball over the short right-field porch for a 2-1 Yankee win over Texas, ultimately wasting another gem from Dane Dunning, who’s been on a roll lately.

Sure, Torres’ homer wasn’t a moonshot, but with a estimated distance of 369 feet, that “cheap” home run would’ve left the yard in 26 out of 30 MLB ballparks.

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Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward foolishly blames loss to Yankees on ‘Little League Ballpark’

Yeah, sorry Woody, but we’re not with you on this one.

The Texas Rangers’ skipper, now in his fourth season with the team, then proceeded to call Yankee Stadium a “Little League Ballpark”. Or you know, maybe it was just a regular home run that was hit 106.5 mph off the bat. That’s big league stuff.

It hasn’t been an ideal start to the 2022 season for Woody’s Rangers, but they’ve been playing better of late. Still, the former is no reason to blame a loss on anyone but yourself and your players. If the skipper is trying to build a culture of accountability in the Texas clubhouse, you wouldn’t be able to tell from this comment.

If the Texas Rangers had won more under Woodward to this point, then maybe that remark could’ve flown more under the radar, taken as a mere blip. But a losing record in every season since getting to Arlington? The skipper hasn’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt here, even if his teams haven’t always been stacked.

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In any case, blaming a loss on the Yankee Stadium short porch was a bad look for Chris Woodward and the Texas Rangers. Hopefully, there will be more accountability on this team going forward.

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