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Greenberg Takes To The Stands At Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers Game

New MLB Rangers Managing Partner & CEO Chuck Greenberg during Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers game was "bouncing from seat to seat," as he "took in the game from various vantage points at Rangers Ballpark, and even spent time and his own money at the newly reduced concession stands," according to Jeff Wilson of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Greenberg said that the purpose was to "get in touch with their fans, hear their opinions and experience what they see and hear -- or don't see and hear." Greenberg: "It's important to see what the fan experience is like from all different vantage points." Wilson notes Greenberg "plans to make regular trips to the stands" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/17).

Hicks Conspicuously Absent From Selig's
Statement On Sale Of Rangers

GOOD RIDDANCE: Baseball writer Murray Chass wrote he gets the "distinct feeling" that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is "delighted to have" former Rangers Owner Tom Hicks out of the league. Selig in his statement regarding the sale of the team "couldn't say enough good things about the new owners," and it "would not be a stretch to read some unspoken criticism of Hicks and the way he operated the Rangers." But the "telltale sign of Selig's view of Hicks is in something he didn't say." The statement "doesn't mention Hicks," and in "this kind of sale statement, Selig has always mentioned and lauded the outgoing owner" (MURRAYCHASS.com, 8/15).

NEXT IN LINE: ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote with the Rangers sold, the "next franchise presumably moving to the front burner" for MLB will be the A's. The team's current lease at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum "runs out in three years and the team thinks it has no future in the city." A's Owner Lew Wolff feels the club is "set up well to move forward if the territorial rights are re-drawn or negotiated and the A's are permitted to move into San Jose" (ESPN.com, 8/13).

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