In my getting the old entries from my site into the blog software, I ran across this link from 2003. It was an article talking about Hank Blalock, and includes this quote from Buck Showalter on Hank…
Hank Blalock will reach his potential. Rangers Buck Showalter will make sure of it. “His progress is a priority for me,” the Rangers skipper said.
That reminds me a lot of the remarks that Ron Washington made when he first became skipper of the Rangers, and his “He’s mine” comments. I know Hank’s been hurt most of the year, but I’m still hopeful for that. My gut feeling says 2008 is a make or break year for Blalock. I have no big list of numbers to back up that feeling, just one of those things you “feel”.
I didn’t write this to dump on Hank – I like him a lot, but the Showalter / Washington remarks seemed somewhat similar to me. :)