The Texas Rangers promoted former catcher Jim Sundberg to senior executive viceIn related moves, Pete Incaviglia has been named strength and conditioning coach and Scott Fletcher has been hired as Vice President for Inexplicable Career Longevity.
president Friday. Sundberg will assist team president Nolan Ryan in oversight of the Rangers, and become the liaison for the club's spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz.
Sundberg has worked in the club's front office since 2004. He is also a former Rangers television analyst.
UPDATE: Now that I look at it more closely, I suppose there's something to be said for Fletcher's non-horrific bat and ability to get a bunt down. That said, longevity is still the watchword of that 1989 Rangers team, isn't it? Guys on that roster:
Nolan Ryan: Physical freak;
Julio Franco: Even bigger physical freak;
Ruben Sierra: One of the quieter 20-year careers you'll come across;
Harold Baines: They practically had to pry the DH position from his cold dead hands;
Charlie Hough: Started pitching when Nixon was in office; stopped when Clinton was;
Jamie Moyer: Reagan-to-Obama;
Kenny Rogers: Have left arm, will travel;
I'd have to guess that that Rangers team would be the best "if all of the players on the roster had their best year at the same time" team in recent history. Of course that range would span some 20-odd years, but it would be fun all the same.
UPDATE #2: Folks in the comments have noted that apart from some evidence-free innuendo, Sosa has never been tied to PEDs in any way. I realize this, and I'm kicking myself for even making the comment about him because I have long gotten mad at the guilty-until-proven-innocent stance so many have taken with respect to Sosa on the issue, and have written about it in the past.
In that regard I'm an idiot hypocrite and/or an example of just how pernicious loose talk about steroid use can infect the the discourse. I was obviously just going for a cheap joke there, yet something in my brain defaulted to Sosa-as-roider, probably because I've heard it so often. There's no excuse for it.
That's not to say he didn't do steroids. We may suspect one way or another, but I don't know and neither does anyone else besides Sammy. The point is that we shouldn't presume guilt.