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JD: Never Change, Rougie

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 02: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers during the cactus leauge spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Rougned Odor isn't making many good friends around the league in his first few seasons with the Rangers.

    The 22-year-old second baseman has built himself a reputation pretty quickly — he plays hard, on the edge of the rules and you don't want to mess with him. Ask Jose Bautista.

    Even after his punch heard 'round the world and his resulting eight-game suspension, which he's currently appealing, Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he doesn't want Odor to change anything about the way he plays, and who can blame him?

    "In a few years, nobody’s going to remember the suspension. They’re going to remember the way he plays the game and the intensity," Daniels told ESPN Radio 103.3 FM. "There’s also a fine line, and I want his game and reputation to be noted for what a good player he is and how intense he is and all the positives he brings to the team offensively, defensively.

    "You don’t want a great young player who’s going to have a great career to be noted for anything other than that. I don’t want him to change. I want him to play with edge. We don’t want him to lose that. But we also want him to be self-aware so his reputation remains a good one."