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The season was supposed to be about solving issues, but the Rangers raised at least as many with their play as they answered, if not more. And we’re not even counting the obvious: Who is going to manage in 2023?
Here are five questions that were created in 2022:
What exactly is a championship “culture?”
Texas Rangers general manager Chris Young (left) and Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels address reporters during a press conference after announcing the firing of manager Chris Woodward at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.(Elías Valverde II / Staff Photographer)
Before the season, Rangers GM Chris Young and then-manager Chris Woodward talked about creating a championship culture. It might not equate to a playoff berth in 2022, but there would be a foundation set for championship standards and expectations. Traditionally, that means traits like accountability, teamwork and communication. Those things can be hard to quantify. But the Rangers seemed to function more like a mass of individual parts, rather than a team. And with an in-season managerial change and another likely coming in the offseason, how much of the culture will or should be carried over?
Were they bad or just unlucky?
The Rangers lost 35 games by one run and 53 by one or two runs, both of which were the highest in Texas history.…