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Chuck Greenberg to resign as Rangers CEO today

Mar 11, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT

Chuck Greenberg

This is pretty shocking: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg is going to resign today as the team’s managing partner “to pursue other interests.”

Since “pursuing other interests” is the universal euphemism for “he’s being forced out,” we should expect to hear more about the reasons behind this, but for now no reason was given.  The speculation is that he has clashed with other members of the Rangers’ ownership group, Nolan Ryan and perhaps even Major League Baseball.  He was notably absent from Rangers business meetings over the weekend, the Star-Telegram reports. UPDATE: Jon Heyman hears that the critical clash was with Ryan.

Since taking over the Rangers, Greenberg’s most notable off-the-field conduct has skewed a bit unconventional. He clearly differed with Ryan and Jon Daniels on the pursuit of Cliff Lee, which Greenberg pushed hard for and about which Ryan and Daniels were less enthusiastic. He had a couple of public spats with Yankees President Randy Levine over the nature of New York fans and revenue sharing. As is usually the case, however, I’m guessing that the real driver here is behind-the-scenes stuff.

A resignation basically makes Greenberg invisible as far as baseball is concerned. He was the prime mover in getting the ownership group together, but his personal equity stake int he Rangers is really low, relatively speaking.  After he resigns he’s basically the owner of a very small minority of the team with no power and no say over operations or anything.  I suspect that Nolan Ryan — the only other member of the group who has been a public face of the team — will take over as the managing partner.

  1. bigxrob - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    “he’s basically the owner of a very small minority of the team with no power and no say over operations or anything”

    Maybe the Wilpon’s should contact him

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    So Ryan becomes the public face of the Rangers but who really is in charge? It makes you wonder if the money people want or are going to have more of a say in the Rangers operation.

    It does seem like on the 3 big issues for the Rangers this off season that not everyone in the organization has been on the same page. First like has been pointed out the Lee deal/offer. Second the Young thing. Is he isn’t he being offered up for trade. Lastly, Beltre. Ryan has stated on several occasions that he is not big on contracts going out 5 years.

    Does make you wonder.

  3. garryfish - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM


  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Please real games, hurry up and get here so we can stop talking about owners!! It’s baseball news I guess, but WGAFF???

    • phukyouk - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Personally i prefer DILLIGAF!

      • Ari Collins - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:34 AM

        I had never seen either of these acronyms before but IMMEDIATELY knew what they stood for. That’s the English language at its finest, right there.

      • phukyouk - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM

        Ari – For future reference.

  5. mattjg - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Greenberg did a good job with the Altoona Curve and other minor league teams he ran. I wonder if he’ll be back in the bigs some day or if he’s burned too many bridges. He seems to have the type of personality that makes him a good guy to run a team on his own, but I can see him butting heads with other guys (like Nolan Ryan) who want to put their mark on a team.

    I’m sure this will renew calls in Pittsburgh for a Lemieux/Greenberg bid on the Pirates.

  6. BC - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Ask Robin Ventura what it’s like to clash with Nolan Ryan.
    Those lights you see are Greenberg’s taillights heading out of Arlington.

  7. Kevin S. - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    First Jerry Colangelo, now Chuck Greenberg? The message here: don’t mix it up with the Yankees and expect to escape unscathed.

  8. ibnick - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Hey Chuck,
    Give Robin Ventura a call; y’all have a lot to talk about.
    Remember, Don’t Mess with Texas; Don’t Mess with Nolan.

  9. apbaguy - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    This configuration for ownership is actually pretty common in MLB, both the Giants and the beloved A’s have a minority owner as the Managing Partner. So do some other teams. The idea is that the managing partner either has more time or more baseball knowledge, or both, than the big money guy(s) who sit in the background pursuing their nefarious schemes of world domination.

    There isn’t much available on the web today about Greenberg other than speculation. Maybe there will be some whispers from “unnamed sources” over the weekend. What is coming out is vague, along the lines of “clashes with Ryan” but also, there’s a flavor of insufficient distance as well, meaning, he was acting and talking too often like a COO (Ryan’s role) rather than a CEO. We all recall how John Henry had to sort out a similar situation with the Sox a few years ago. That’s worked out for them. Hopefully, it will work out for the Rangers as well. It would be interesting to watch the Ryan/Daniels team have a few years with good financing and freedom to act to see if their approach can yield consistent positive results.

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