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Nolan Ryan: "it might not happen"

Jul 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

It’s one thing when sports business reporters and bloggers and other assorted riffraff suggest that team Greenberg/Ryan’s bid for the Rangers is in trouble, but it’s another thing altogether when Nolan Ryan himself says it.  Here’s ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth’s Richard Durrett:

Team President president Nolan Ryan acknowledged Thursday that his group, which
includes Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg, might not end up owning
the team. He added that he wasn’t sure what he might do after this
season should Houston businessman Jim Crane, who is trying to get back
in the bidding, ends up owning the team.

“It’s a good possibility that it might not happen,” Ryan said about
owning the team.

Ryan’s pessimism comes as a hearing scheduled for today was canceled and bickering continues over the process by which the team is to be auctioned.  Initially the process seemed pretty slanted towards Greenberg and Ryan — Major League Baseball got veto power over the winner — but now that’s not at all clear, either because the process will be different, baseball is getting cooler with the notion of Crane owning the team or both.

The unmitigated disaster continues. But hey, at least the Rangers themselves are playing some pretty fantastic baseball this year.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    One of the things Air Bud enjoys is certainty. The other is tradition. This whole Texas sale process must be agonizing for him. Good.
    But Nolan Ryan has been a positive force for not only the Rangers but for baseball, as I see pitch counts gradually rising for some starters and certain less-injury-prone guys being allowed to go very deep into games. It would be a huge shame if he’s not part of the Rangers in 2011.
    Of course, it would be a huge shame if Tom Hicks is in any way connected with the Rangers in 2011.

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