Grandson on home dugout steps

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Ron Washington….

new manager of the Texas Rangers is saying all of the right things: "I think this team can win. And I am not preaching anything else.", They can expect us to win some one run ballgames.", "I want fans to see guys out there playing as hard as they can.", "We’re going to play young players.", "All I want to do is give all the players a chance to be what they want to be.I want to give them a chance to fullfil there dreams.", "The material to win is here.", "The expectations are to win. Nothing less.", "The game is all about pressure. This game is all about executing. This game is all about being prepared. I’ll be all of that and my players will be all of that.", "I like my chances to make the playoffs.", "Sometimes when expectations are to high, you just try and reach them. And if you come up short, guess what? You’re still a winner."

Would you have been happy if he had said anything else. Do you expect him to say, I think we will stink this year, maybe finish 3rd in the division and maybe win 60 games. NO. So, I will say this. I like the attitude of Mr. Washington, and if his attitude translates to the players being more relaxed and to be more confident in there game, then I am all for that. I love Johnny Oates, because he was the first and only manager to take the Rangers to the playoffs. If Ron Washington can accomplish that, I will love him too.

League News…

This may be Mark Buehrle’s last year in Chicago. He is a free agent after this season, and GM Ken Williams seems in no hurry to re-sign him.

Milwaukee may move OF Geoff Jenkins back to LF, with Carlos Lee gone.

Mgr. Joe Torre of the NYY, wants to give Bernie Williams a shot at making the team, but GM Cashman is still luke warm to the idea.

SF and Barry Bonds have finally finalized there 1-yr, 15.8 mil deal.

The Rockies and Red Sox have ended trade talks for Todd Helton.

Roger Clemens was at Minute Maid Park yesterday….. as a coach. He was an instructor at Nolan Ryans baseball camp. No hints were given , if he was going to pitch this coming season.

Curt Schilling will pitch in 2008. The free agent to be, hopes to get a deal done with the Red Sox before spring training.

Mariners sign P Jeff Weaver to a 1-yr, 8.35 mil deal, with another mil in incentives.

Rangers sign Pitcher..

The Rangers signed P Jamey Wright to a minor league deal.Wright, 32, last pitched for the SF Giants, going 6-10, with a 5.19 era. Wright will be competing with, Josh Rupe, Edinson Volquez, Kam Loe and John Koronka for the 5th spot. Looks to me that John Daniels is going with a more-the-merrier approach for the rotation. I guess there is nothing wrong with that, but I remember some of the re-treads, Tom Grieve brought in in the 70’s-80’s ugh..

League News

Seattle is now leading the pack to sign P Jeff Weaver.

Colorado may be looking to trade Todd Helton. The Rockies chairman questions paying one player almost a 3rd of the team payroll. Helton scheduled to make 16.6 mil this season, while the team payroll is 55 mil.

Toronto showing interset in P Ron Villone.

The NYY will be expandintg there opportunities, in both baseball and business in China.  They already have a working agreement with the Yomiuri Giants.

NY Mets sign P Aaron Sele, to minor league deal.

Cinn Mgr, Jerry Narron is high on Rule 5 draft pick Josh Hamilton, who has not played much the past two seasons due to injury and drug suspensions.

The Red Sox finally finalize the contract for J.D. Drew. It is 5-yrs, 70 mil, with an opt out for Boston in 2010 and 2011, if shoulder injury recurs.

CWS sign Darin Erstad.

Astros sign Morgan Ensberg, Adam Everett and Jason Lane, avoiding arbitration.

Seattle signs P Arthur Rhodes to a minor league deal.

Cubs release P Glendon Rusch.

Detroit signs P Joey Eischen to minor league deal.

NY Mets sign mgr, Willie Randolph to a 3-yr extension.

Oakland signs OF Bobby Kielty to a 1-yr deal.

Pitt signs OF Jody Gerut to a 1-yr deal.