JD: Spring Results Mean Nothing for Veterans

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Prince Fielder doesn't have a hit in the Rangers' handful of spring games.

Cole Hamels went 1 1/3 innings, walked two and gave up a homer in his spring debut over the weekend.

And Jon Daniels doesn't give a rip.

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Speaking to 105.3 The Fan recently, the Rangers general manager talked about how he gauges spring performances, and for veterans like Fielder and Hamels, stats mean absolutely nothing.

"It's hard, because you're so drawn to the results and what happened in the game," Daniels said. "You try really hard to evaluate the work between games and the process. In our opening meetings we had a discussion about basically every player — and what we want this guy focusing on. We're trying to stay true to that.

"Let's not get carried away with some of the other stuff. Results for a guy like [Cole Hamels] literally mean nothing. As long as their healthy — it's not like they mean a little. They mean literally nothing. For a younger guy, it's a little bit different."

So if Delino DeShields goes out this spring and tears the cover off the ball, you might be right to have some mild excitement. But don't worry about the veterans.

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