Julio Franco is now a Brave and, if the Lower Hudson Journal News is to be believed, his former Mets teammates couldn’t be happier.
However, what irked some players was Franco wouldn’t hesitate to get in the face of some of the younger players about doing their jobs when he was hitting .200 with one homer with the Mets.
“To be a leader for me, it’s not enough to talk all the time,” [Jose] Valentin said. “You have to go out and do it yourself.”
This is pretty surprising stuff. I’d never before heard anybody willing to say anything bad about Franco, but here is Valentin saying the old-timer wasn’t a great teammate (he didn’t participate in team stretching drills), while manager Willie Randolph says Franco’s contributions to the clubhouse were “overrated.”
Meanwhile, over in the AL, writers are clamoring for the Rangers to trade all-star 1B Mark Teixeira because, well, he’s a jerk.
Here’s what Dallas Morning-News writer Jean Jacques Taylor had to say about the team’s star slugger:
A few months ago, I would’ve considered the notion of trading Teixeira ridiculous because of the 27-year-old’s prodigious talent. You simply don’t get rid of 30-homer, 100-RBI players with Hall of Fame potential.
I’ve changed my mind.
It’s Teixeira’s fault because he’s a chronic complainer.
Think about it. He didn’t like playing for Buck Showalter. Now, he doesn’t like playing for Ron Washington. Those guys couldn’t be more different in their approaches.
That tells me Teixeira or his agent, Scott Boras, is the problem.
Taylor says that people around the Rangers organization will tell you that Teixeira is “the kind of guy who would complain about the greens at Augusta National or paying taxes after winning the lottery” and says Teixeira has to go — “the sooner, the better.”Here’s my take: I think it’s possible that Franco may have tried to overcompensate for a lack of hitting by being an extra good clubhouse leader, and it blew up in his face. As LoHud points out, it’s hard for people to take your advice seriously when you’re hitting below your weight.
Texeira, on the other hand, just sounds like a jerk. It should be clear by now that MLB clubhouses are overrun by arrogant, ignorant idiots. So for one guy to be so much of an ass that his team is inclined to trade him really says something. The fact that Texas has shown a willingness to trade such a young, accomplished hitter shows that he must be a first class pain.