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Mark Cuban isn't just playing: he's a serious bidder for the Rangers

Jul 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

There was a big, acrimonious hearing in Fort Worth yesterday regarding the timing and procedures of the auction to sell the Rangers. Something fun happened during the hearing: some lawyer showed up and as if he were Scott Boras or someone said that he represented an “undisclosed bidder.”  That bidder has turned out to be Mark Cuban.

We’ve recently talked about his interest in the team, but given how Cuban is with the media, there was some reason to suspect that he was just thinking out loud and wasn’t all that serious.  That’s apparently not the case if he’s hiring lawyers to make appearances in bankruptcy court in an effort to impact when and how the auction of the Rangers will be held.

Lawyers for Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan did what what they could to discount Cuban’s interest, dismissively saying he’s been “discussed for weeks,” and they’re clearly trying to spread the word in the media that Major League Baseball may not approve of him, but they have to be nervous.

Nervous if Cuban makes overtures to them about joining their group because if he does — and if they realize that, crap, they need him — the camel’s nose is under the tent and he’s going to be an active part of the ownership group whether they like it or not.  Nervous because if he gets involved — and if he decides to go it on his own or with another bidder — his cash reserves will certainly out-strip anything they can muster.

The proceedings in bankruptcy court have gotten so convoluted that even I and my fancy-schmancy law degree aren’t able to really follow them anymore, but Mark Cuban represents a form of chaos, and chaos is the last thing Greenberg and Ryan need more of.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Nietzsche says order arises out of chaos, Howard.
    Who wants to be the first to answer me in appropriate fashion? BC? APBA Guy? Craig? Mo (wherever you’ve gone)? Come on guys, you know how this one goes….

  2. Steve C - Jul 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    With the farm system the Rangers have, the young talent already present, the pitching staff that came out of no where, and Mark Cuban’s money this would be one very formidable team.

  3. BC - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Here’s hoping Cuban gets the team. With King George gone we need someone to engage in chaos theory in MLB. Good chaos, I mean. Not the kind the Mets have.
    With that, I’ll throw Old Gator a bone:
    “Chaos breaks across the lines that separate scientific disciplines. Because it is a science of the global nature of systems, it has brought together thinkers from fields that had been widely separated. Chaos poses problems that defy accepted ways of working in science. It makes strong claims about the universal behavior of complexity. The first chaos theorists, the scientists who set the discipline in motion, shared certain sensibilities. They had an eye for pattern, especially pattern that appeared on different scales at the same time. They had a taste for randomness and complexity, for jagged edges and sudden leaps. Believers in chaos–and they sometimes call themselves believers, or converts, or evangelists–speculate about determinism and free will, about evolution, about the nature of conscious intelligence. They feel that they are turning back a trend in science toward reductionism, the analysis of systems in terms of their constituent parts: quarks, chromosomes, or neurons. They believe that they are looking for the whole.” — James Gleick

  4. IdahoMariner - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    here you go. Gator:
    Reverend Johnson: Order, order. Goddamnit, I said “order”.
    Howard Johnson: Y’know, Nietzsche says: “Out of chaos comes order.”
    Olson Johnson: Oh, blow it out your ass, Howard.

  5. The Rabbit - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Well, chit…you beat me to it. :-)
    One of my favorite Mel Brooks movies.

  6. BC - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    I can hear it in the courtroom now:
    “I’m out of order? YOU’RE out of order! The whole trial is out of order! THEY’RE out of order!”
    God I love Pacino.

  7. YankeesfanLen - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Chaos aside, think it will be fun when the Rangers try to get ARod back for Cliff Lee, Josh Thompson, and 42 PTBNLs.

  8. Jonny5 - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Nolan Ryan will punch anyone in the face who’s out of order.

  9. Old Gator - Jul 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I’m looking for Mel Brooks and you give me….James Gleick?

  10. Old Gator - Jul 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Thank both of you gentlemen. That BC, what a pedant. Next thing you know, he’ll be quoting Benoit Mandelbrot at me, and even Stephen Argyros or Katharine Hayles. Sheeesh.

  11. Ditto65 - Jul 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Mongo like Candy.

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