Slappy T Is Back

So Rangers owner, Tom Hicks, goes on the Ticket with my buddy Norm Hitzges and starts popping off about a lack of leadership and mental toughness on his team.

That’s why I’ve called him Slappy T in the past. His statements on the radio this week just smacked around his best players. If I’m Mark Teixiera or Michael Young I’m steaming.

If I’m Buck Showalter I sell my house and start leasing a nice place in downtown Fort Worth. Since when does the owner start “snopping” around the clubhouse and admits it? Buck may manage in 2007, but after that….who knows what Hicks will do.

This is a classic case of a owner not looking in the mirror. When you look at leadership, Tom Hicks is failing.

He fired Doug Melvin claiming the minor leagues were not stacked. The fact is the best players on the roster came in under Melvin. Tex, Young, Blalock became Rangers under Melvin.

Hicks hired John Hart as general manager and that failed. Meanwhile, the other candidates he didn’t hire have gone on to success as GMs for other clubs. Dave Dombroski in Detroit and Omar Minaya with the Mets. Minaya, a former Ranger employee, couldn’t get a face to face interview with Hicks.

On mental toughness, Hicks changes his stance every other year on key issues. He gave Alex Rodriguez 252 million. He loved him then traded him away and talked bad about him to improve his status with Ranger fans.

He liked Jerry Narron then let Hart dump him. Now Narron has the Reds in the playoff chase.

Hicks said Grady Fuson would succeed John Hart and reneged. He once spent big money now the Padres, Blue Jays, and Mariners have higher payrolls than Rangers according to

The Rangers are insignificant outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. Slappy T is doing a great job of making them insignificant inside the Metroplex as well.

Newy Scruggs

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