Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington wishes he had given his everyday players more rest during the season.
Four days after Texas was eliminated by Baltimore in the AL wild-card playoff, Washington said Tuesday he thinks his team would still be playing if it had been fresher.
After going to the last two World Series, Texas failed to win even one game this October. They lost 10 of their last 14 overall, including a sweep at Oakland to end the season.
Texas had seven players who appeared in at least 147 games. Third baseman Adrian Beltre was among five who played in at least 156 games.
“Maybe I played them into the ground,” Washington said.
The Rangers, who won 93 games, face some significant changes in their roster since eight players will be eligible for free agency.
The most notable is slugger Josh Hamilton, and General Manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that the team is “not going to make a kind of pre-emptive proposal at this point.” The two sides put negotiations on hold earlier this year with the expectation that Hamilton would test the free-agent market.
Yankees’ trip delayed
The New York Yankees have gotten a taste of the commuter’s life.
Power problems on the Yankees’ train line delayed their departure out of Baltimore. They were then forced to switch to buses during a late-night trip home after a 3-2 loss in Game 2 of the division series.
The Yankees arrived at the train station at about 1 a.m. Tuesday but were delayed about an hour. The train experienced further electrical disruptions about a half-hour into the trip.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said during a conference call Tuesday that after the train arrived in Aberdeen, Md., the team switched to buses. The ballclub arrived in New York at about 6 a.m.
Game 3 of the deadlocked series is tonight at Yankee Stadium.
Rockies drop coaches
The contracts of Colorado Rockies hitting instructor Carney Lansford and third-base coach Rich Dauer weren’t renewed in the wake of manager Jim Tracy’s unexpected resignation over the weekend.
Lansford served two seasons under Tracy and the Rockies batted .274 this season, tops in the National League but they hit just .241 on the road as they finished 64-98, worst in franchise history.
Dauer spent four years as the Rockies’ bench coach and seven seasons in the organization overall. He also served as Colorado’s infield coach and coordinator of all defensive positions.
Bill Geivett, director of major-league operations, said he has no set timetable for hiring a replacement for Tracy, who forfeited the $1.4 million left on his contract for next season.