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Rangers, Nolan Ryan could reach resolution

Mar 9, 2013, 10:09 PM EST

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MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan flew to Dallas to meet with co-owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. Ryan had considered stepping down from his position as there is a bit of a power struggle involving Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels. Sullivan says Ryan could end up sticking around after all:

A resolution could be reached that would allow Ryan to remain with the Rangers and there is a possibility that a formal announcement will be made at some point this weekend, according to a source.

Ryan directly hired pitching coach Mike Maddux and bench coach Jackie Moore, moves that are usually reserved for the general manager. There was also some messiness within the organization surrounding Ryan’s titles, as noted by Evan Grant:

The Rangers never should have given Ryan two titles when Chuck Greenberg was pushed out of the organization. He should have moved into the CEO’s role then and the current array of titles could have been divided up then.

Outfielder David Murphy doesn’t think the Ryan situation will affect the team, saying, “I think an issue with a player is one thing but if it’s something that deals with the front office, that’s not an issue. We have absolutely no control over that.”

  1. thesmedman - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    This situation has had reverb all week innthe DFW area. Daniels had to go on the radio to say the did not want Ryan to leave because the negative PR on Ryan being pushed out was too strong. Lets face it – Ryan is very well regarded here, and that’s hard to fool with here.

    Mitch Williams was partially rightvthatvthe best GM would be one with some playing experience. Sabermetrics cant do it all. And og btw, the pitching coach Ryan hired is pretty good. Potentially a manager someday, having been on short lists.

    They also have some negative PR on a perception that Daniels did not do a lotbto improve thec team in the postseason.

    Long story short, Ryan is still running the organization. That much must be reaffirmed. Otherwise, the owners had better be prepared for some serious push back.

    (Ps – you gotta wonder if fmr POTUS Bush did some behind the scenes work here…being friendly with Ryan…would not surprise me.)

    • zzalapski - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      “Mitch Williams was partially right that the best GM would be one with some playing experience.”

      No, he wasn’t.

      Small sample sizes apply, but TSN Executives of the Year since 2000 include Dave Dombrowski, Walt Jocketty, Dan O’Dowd, Andrew Friedman, Mark Shapiro, and Brian Sabean, none of whom (as far as I know from a cursory look) have professional playing experience. That’s a pretty broad range of (perceived) sabermetric-friendliness.

      I can go way back further than 2000, but I think the point has been made.

  2. mrfloydpink - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Jon Daniels should talk to Robin Ventura for some insight on what happens when you mess with Nolan Ryan.

    • mrfloydpink - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      Seriously? Who is the thumbs down? Is that you, Robin?

  3. BigBeachBall - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    how about a video… just sayin..

    • BigBeachBall - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      disregard post above…

  4. seattlenative57 - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    And if pigs had wings they could fly.

  5. blazertop - Mar 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    The Astros downward spiral started when they parted ways with Nolan. Any team would be foolish to do the same

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