Mariners Lessons: From the Texas Rangers
Rangers went for it on all levels...
Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, and Reggie Jackson. Those were the only two-time World Series MVPs in baseball history, until last night. Corey Seager joined that legendary list last night as the spark of the Texas Rangers rebirth led them to the promised land. It was a perfect picture of what Texas dreamed of in the offseason two years ago.
ESPN insider Jeff Passan tweeted last night that, "they (the Rangers) spent in free agency. They developed well. They hired the best manager around. They went 11-0 on the road in October. And after 63 years of existence, the Rangers are champs for the first time."
The Rangers have been absolute hound dogs hunting down a title. They signed stars like Seager, Marcus Semien, and Jacob deGrom to massive deals. They developed immediate impact youngsters in Evan Carter and Josh Jung. They have more impact youth on the horizon with Jack Leiter and Wyatt Langford.
They were also savvy and ultra-aggressive in trades to help their team. Guys like Jonah Heim, Mitch Garver, and Adolis Garcia helped lay a strong foundation, while the Rangers saw blood dripping down the eye of an aging Astros dynasty, then went out and acquired Hall of Fame talents in Aroldis Chapman and Max Scherzer.
Their ownership and leadership sent a clear message to the team, their fans, and the league that they are 100% committed to becoming great not just in 2023, but beyond. They have star power, they have depth, they have championship experience and they have reinforcements on the horizon. They're everything a fan could want from their team, including the most important quality of all: Rings.
A solid foundation is in place here in Seattle to be a constant playoff threat. But, to truly be great and a champion, they'll need to take some of the qualities that helped Arizona pull off upsets, and combine it with the bashing alpha predator mentality that the Texas Rangers showed the world this postseason.