You know the old adage, “If it’s broken, fix it,” right?
The Texas Rangers are trying to fix the problem. In baseball, this often means a clean swing and even leads out the door of players who you once believed would be the pillars of your future. Joey Gallo was one such player. Voted 39th overall in 2012, Gallo quickly became a name spoken in muted tones among those keeping an eye on the prospect. He was a player who got three true scores before such usage became common. He made baseball fly like golf balls. Once, in his rookie season, he scored a home run ahead of Clayton Kershaw, who the venerable Vin Scully said “looked like a marble” as he walked off Dodger Stadium.
And now, according to multiple sources, it appears he will be a member of the New York Yankees, the newest native talent to leave Texas in a rebuilding that now seems to be taking a step back to stabilize and trying to move forward to urge.
When the World Series Heroes departed one by one in the mid-2010s, chances were the rebuilding was a reload instead. After a brutal 2014 season, the Rangers won the division in 2015 and 2016, and the branches of their farm system seemed to be hanging deep with the near-ripe fruits of their player acquisition and development teams. There was hope that the transition from one era to the next would go smoothly.
That was a possible outcome if a few things had gone differently. Unfortunately, some things were no different. Major league franchises are a whirlpool of logistics and development, psychology and physicality, all of which twist around each other trying to weave into a winning combination.