SBD/Issue 14/Franchises

Selig: Rangers Deserve Newfound Stability, Committed Owners

Selig Says Greenberg-Ryan
Were Attractive From Start

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said that the AL West champion Rangers "have what the franchise deserves, with stability and a great ownership group," according to Stephen Hawkins of the AP. Selig yesterday visited Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and "met at length" with Owner Chuck Greenberg and President Nolan Ryan before the Mariners-Rangers game. Selig: "It's a great ownership group. It was very attractive to me from day one. We don't often have as attractive an option as we had here. This franchise has the potential to be one of our really great franchises. ... The ownership is for this franchise absolutely perfect. It has the resources to do the things you have to do and it has the commitment." Hawkins noted the Rangers "still managed to make several moves for their playoff push" while in bankruptcy and "under control of MLB this summer," including the acquisition of P Cliff Lee in July. Selig said that he "received no negative feedback from other teams about the Rangers being able to make moves despite financial restrictions." He added that the team was "within budget guidelines approved by baseball when making its deals." Selig said of the new owners: "The clubs were really happy when this process ended and how it ended. I think I had more calls of congratulations on this issue than any other issue this year" (AP, 9/29). Selig said it was a "long and winding road" to having Greenberg and Ryan buy the Rangers, but it "has had a great ending." Selig: "We approved their sale faster than anything in the history of baseball. It was really remarkable" ("Mariners-Rangers," FS Southwest, 9/29). Selig added, "It's a story that was worth waiting for. I really mean that. It worked out well" (MLB.com, 9/29).

HELPING HAND: In Ft. Worth, Jennifer Floyd Engel writes under the header, "Rangers Owe The Commish Thanks For Playoff Run." Engel: "Make no mistake, if not for the work of Bud and his MLB crew in NYC, the Rangers might not be going to the playoffs at all. ... If not for the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle work of Bud & Co., the Rangers might be watching in October, or playing for those greedy guys from Monarch Alternative Capital as owners, or going back and forth between playoff games and Judge Michael Lynn's court." Engel adds, "Do not discount the impact of having MLB officials behind the Nolan Ryan-Chuck Greenberg ownership group. ... Bud was steadfast in his belief in Greenberg and Ryan, for every reason that the fans wanted them. Local. Experienced. Well-financed. Committed" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/30).

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