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We'll find out today if Mark Cuban is in on the Rangers

Jul 27, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

Mark Cuban will decide today if he's in or out. Is it so bad if he's actually in?

Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that we’ll know today whether Mark Cuban is in or out of the August 4th auction of the Texas Rangers.  The bidders are meeting today, Shlachter reports, and he has all the details in the increasingly technical and slightly boring sale of the Texas Rangers.

Not boring is Cuban, however, and today Maury Brown has a look at Mark Cuban: potential owner over at FanGraphs.  It’s well worth a read, though I think Maury is being way too hard on Cuban here, and far too credulous of Major League Baseball’s assertions regarding the desirability of the Chuck Greenberg Group as owners.

Maury talks about how Cuban would be a distraction as Bud Selig focuses “on growing MLB’s business instead of chasing maverick owners around,” but that ignores the fact that Selig and his gang have always put provincial and clubby loyalty concerns above business considerations when it comes to choosing ownership groups. It also ignores the fact that the biggest “maverick” of an owner baseball has ever seen — George Steinbrenner — is probably more responsible for “growing MLB’s business” than Bud Selig and the types of owners he has favored in recent years put together.

Not that Cuban is any sure-fire MLB savant.  I just think that his track record — which Maury accurately notes — entitled him to a little more deference than the “crazy Mark Cuban!” treatment he usually gets.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Let’s go Mark! Those lead-assed Orcs of Baseball and their dimwitted “leader” could do for a little shaking up. And what Maury Brown seems to have forgotten in his apparent fumbling effort to kiss Orc ass is that baseball is, finally and foremost, entertainment. And even a craven owner’s boy like Maury can’t insist with a straight face that Greenberg is “entertaining.”

  2. SadPandaRevolt - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    I think that not only is it not a bad thing, but it’s actually a good thing for baseball. There’s one thing that can’t be taken away from Cuban, the guy cares. He’s surely no saint (who is?) but he’ll fight other owners were needed, which will be nice to see. The current crop of owners needs that, badly.

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    I think that Mark Cuban (with Nolan Ryan, no less) owning the Rangers would be the best thing for the AL West since Gene Autry owning the Angels.

  4. SDelMonte - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    His track record is that he makes a lot of noise and spends a lot of money with little to show for it. That would put him way ahead of a lot of owners who don’t spend any money, and could make the Rangers a competitive team. But the Mavericks remain a team that never made it to the next level. So I don’t know if he will ultimately be better for Rangers baseball than Ryan and friends. And that is all that matters.

  5. juggernautjay - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    The picture you’ve opted to use for this story makes him look like “Syndrome” from the movie “The Incredibles”.

  6. birdmancometh - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Let him in!

  7. Utley's hair - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    HAHAHA. That’s awesome. I was just looking at it and trying to figure out who he looked like in that picture. My kid would probably have a quicker pickup than I did.

  8. donnie23 - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    I’d say he’s been a very successful owner. The Mavericks hadn’t made the playoffs in ten years before he got there, and they’ve made the playoffs in each of the ten years since. They’re never won a championship but they made it to the NBA Finals once and the Conference Finals another time. Certainly not the best owner but it’d be hard to argue he didn’t improve the team substantially.
    Not to mention there’s no cap in baseball either, which could only help him.

  9. Jonny5 - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Ummm, if Ryan doesn’t want Cuban in the ownership (which he doesn’t) This could cause a couple of guys “who care” to bump heads for quite some time. So yes, it could be bad.

  10. BigBBFan - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    The baseball establishment has done everything possible to make sure their “good ole boy” group ends up as the owners. If Mark Cuban gets in it will be a needed replacement for the loss of another maverick owner, George Stienbrenner. Bud Selig has always has been a puppet Commissioner and remains true to form in the Rangers situation.

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