Just minutes ago, the Texas Rangers organization decided to fire its president of baseball operations, Jon Daniels. Daniels has held the position since 2013 and has been with the organization since 2005. Rangers also fired manager Chris Woodward on Monday.
The layoff comes during one of Major League Baseball’s most disappointing seasons. The Rangers are 52-64, 22 return games in the American League West and have little chance of making the playoffs this season. It also follows Rangers’ horrendous 2021 season which saw them win just 60 games in a full season.
Jon Daniels has done relatively well during his tenure as GM. Since 2005, the Texas Rangers have reached the playoffs five times and appeared in two World Series. However, after a few terrible seasons, it looks like Rangers are ready to move on.
What makes this so unexpected, however, is that Daniels just made a splash in free agency last year. On the same day last winter, the Rangers signed stars Corey Seager and Marcus Semien for their center infield.
The contracts total approximately $500 million. Let’s just say the Rangers haven’t gotten their money’s worth yet.
Inside the Texas Rangers’ disappointing 2022 season
Corey Seager and Marcus Semien were supposed to turn this team around. However, quite the opposite is happening in Texas. Marcus Semien has been downright disappointing this year, batting just .236.
Semien’s poor performance comes just one season after his MVP-caliber year for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2021, Semien put up a .265/.334/.548/ slant line, which is more than impressive for a second baseman. He also earned an All-Star appearance and won both a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award.
Although Corey Seager is currently having a decent season in Texas, it’s nothing compared to his numbers in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Rangers, Seager hit .297, was hitting .504, with an .870 OPS. This season, however, Seager is batting .249 with a .797 OPS, which is still respectable but down from his pre-Rangers days.
The Texas Rangers haven’t found their spark this season and are essentially out of playoff contention. Hopefully for them the change in management will help them in the seasons to come.