Thursday, March 8, 2012

Idiots win, Luhnow has to send an apology to Texas

So Jeff Luhnow had to send a completely unnecessary apology to Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan for the Drunken Sailors comment.

“I reached out to Jon and to Nolan because it was taken out of context. I don’t know what they heard, but I did reach out to them and explained that it was not a dig against that organization because they’ve done a great job there.”

It seems as though Evan Grant, the Rangers beat reporter for the Dallas Morning-News, took more offense at it than anybody else, when he tweeted:
I find Luhnow's approach to scouting, player development and general respect of the game pretty insulting.

Grant didn't even like that Luhnow was at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to begin with:
Leaving first spring training to speak at conference speaks of misplaced priorities.

Or this gem, to Ted Price:
Have you figured out the WATTS (Wins Above Tea-Totaling Sailors) formula yet?

How about these?
(Part I):
Didn't see Fraley's report on Astros GM saying Rangers spending like "drunken sailors" in Latin America. Reaction: Win a game as GM first.

(Part II):
If I hadn't made this clear: It's ultimate arrogance to speak as expert at sports analytic conference before helming a single game as a GM.

(Part III):
You lose credibility to me when you take shots at others to justify your success.

(Part IV):
Guy rubs me wrong way.

(Part V):
He was part of organization in STL. Let's not give him all the credit.

So, Evan Grant wins. I guess.


Juvenile Court Clerk - Bryan Trostel said...

How could a beat writer honestly be insulted by the way a GM approaches scouting and player development?

See, an insult is defined as a personal slight. I doubt Luhnow had the feelings of this clown in mind when he developed his team building philosophy.

I've developed a new metric just for him; WAA. Whiny-ness Above Average. He's probably one of the 1% that thinks the pistol should be left off the uniform.

Drew said...

As much as it pisses me off he apologized I love the fact he said it in the first place, that shows balls. The Rangers are morons and will soon resume their rightful place as the second Texas team. Who played in the first world series in Texas? ;)

What The Heck said...

I loathe Dallas with the white-hot heat of a thousand suns. And I love drunken sailors. I'm so conflicted.

Anonymous said...

Does Evan getter a better parking spot at Arlington now that he has pretty much admitted he is the Rangers house man ?

MadMartygan said...

"You lose credibility to me when you take shots at others to justify your success."

I can't figure out what this means?

farmstros said...

Luhnow apologizing for this gives me hope that Zachary Levine may still apologize to me, as one who observes YOUNG PITCHERS DAY, for the offense of referencing STRASMAS recently.

It did strike me as odd; however, that Luhnow skipped a few days of then 2nd week of his first spring training to go be a rock star at a conference like this. I'm sure with technology, he can stay in touch with his people in Florida, but it does make me wonder. Maybe Carlos Lee going to the rodeo for a few days instead as horrific as was once thought.

Anonymous said...

That comment about the sports analytic conference also makes no sense. I don't know jack about the conference, but couldn't that be said about most of the speakers there? I assume they are not all GMs.

I generally hate all things Dallas also, and this guy isn't helping change that.

Matt said...

Grant voted for Michael Young to win MVP. He crossed the line from reporter to fan boy a long time ago.