Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up. And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say:
“I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think
there is more information and evidence that will show that Roger used
performance enhancing drugs in a significant way.”
I’m sure Duquette has his sources, but I’m also guessing that he’s not exactly on the front lines of Roger Clemens’ post-Red Sox life either. So if he knows of information like this, you have to figure a lot of people do too. And if a lot of people do, I have to ask the question I’ve been asking for a couple of years now: what in the HELL was Clemens thinking of escalating this matter like he did?
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the rebuilding Rangers are considering moving on from manager Jeff Banister. Wilson notes that the Rangers aren’t sure if Banister is the right person to lead the club when they become competitive again. Additionally, Wilson notes that there have been some communication issues with Banister, such as not telling players when they’re getting a day off and suddenly inserting players into the lineup without notification. According to Wilson, some players feel their concerns have fallen on “deaf ears” when presented to Banister.
In four years under Banister, the Rangers have gone 325-313 (.509) overall. They went to the playoffs in 2015 and ’16 but lost in the Division Series to the Blue Jays both times, 3-2 and 3-0, respectively.
GM Jon Daniels said he is pleased with the way some players, namely Ronald Guzman, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, José Leclerc, and Jurickson Profar, have developed under Banister. But it remains to be seen if that will be enough to keep Banister in town.
Banister is under contract for the 2019 season, as the Rangers exercised his option last year.