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Sources: Nolan Ryan Could Leave MLB Rangers After Daniels, George Promotions
Published March 4, 2013
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ALL QUIET ON THE HOME FRONT: Galloway noted Ryan had "a very quiet winter," and players’ agents negotiating with the Rangers were "privately asking why Ryan wasn’t more involved." But this "latest move can certainly be perceived as ownership pushing it with Ryan." If that is the case, ownership "would also be pushing it with a vast majority of the club’s massive fan base, a fan base that regards Ryan as a Texas icon who helped transform a rather docile franchise into a viable force." It would be "hard to believe" Simpson and Rangers co-Chair Ray Davis, with "their roots in DFW, would not understand the impact with fans of Ryan leaving, particularly if a power play is involved in any way." It would be a "huge ownership blunder to have the departure, if it happens, to come down to a power play" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/2). In Dallas, Kevin Sherrington notes the "majority of the heavy lifting has been done by Daniels." Ryan’s contribution "hasn’t been as great as most fans like to believe, but it’s not insignificant, either." Just as he "did as a player, Ryan gave the Rangers credibility as team president, a title he no longer owns." Ryan is a "counterbalance to the geek element that permeates Daniels’ side of the power structure." Coming on the heels of an offseason in which the Rangers "suffered what seemed to be one disaster after another, the last thing the Rangers need is the mother of all PR blunders" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/4).
RYAN EXPRESS READY TO PULL OUT? In Ft. Worth, Gil Lebreton writes Ryan's "job powers were quietly amended" with the Rangers' moves. The announcement Friday was "as respectful as it was frank." If he decides to "retire from the Rangers in two months, four months or whatever, however, Ryan’s departure will produce a seismic tremor throughout baseball and, particularly, throughout Texas." But there "remains more" with the Rangers, and Ryan "can remain a part of that." The owners Friday said that they "want him to." The "educated hunch here, however, is that he won’t" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/4).
IN OTHER NEWS: The Rangers announced that individual tickets went on sale Saturday, and as of 4:00pm CT, the club had sold 104,530 tickets, compared to 101,672 on the first day of sales in '12 (Rangers).