SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Another round of batting practice had just been completed on a cool, picturesque Arizona morning when Jurickson Profar scooped up his bat and glove and headed toward the Texas Rangers' clubhouse.
Suddenly, Ron Washington called Profar to the dugout.
For five minutes, between long drags on a Winston, the old-school manager spoke to the 20-year-old phenom about the importance of respecting the game.
Most of the talk revolved around Profar's failure to sprint to first base after a routine ground ball in a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics. Washington was managing another split-squad game down the road but had heard about Profar's mistake. It was the third time this spring it had happened.
"I wanted to let him know it was unacceptable," Washington said. "It's not the way the Texas Rangers play baseball.
"The kid has a lot of potential, but he hasn't done it in the big leagues yet. He was in Double-A ball last season. I wanted to make sure he hasn't been reading his press clippings."