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SBD/March 5, 2013/Franchises
Sources: Ryan "Sensing Uncertainty" Over His Future With MLB Rangers
Published March 5, 2013
ALL ABOARD: Sources said that Ryan "intends to let the situation play out into the season before making any final decisions." The MORNING NEWS' Grant noted this seems to "pass the legitimacy test," as Ryan has done "nothing impetuously." To leave now would be the "only way to potentially exit the Rangers in anything but a graceful manner." Ownership has "essentially said nothing is changing, so why change any titles?" At best, the "timing of this was awkward. At worst, it was completely unnecessary." Grant: "I don’t believe the intent of management was never to strip him of power." First, Ryan has "wielded power very, very judiciously, so it’s not like he was running amok." Second, it is "hard to use power on a part-time basis." Grant wrote, "I think ownership is trying to settle a line of succession so that Ryan can be free to set the tone for the organization and let the capable people beneath him do the hiring and firing within their own departments." This is "all about the line of succession" (DALLASNEWS.com, 3/4).
YOUTH MOVEMENT: ESPN DALLAS' Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote, "You can't write this franchise's story without several chapters about Ryan's contributions." That said, there is "nothing wrong with ownership putting additional trust and responsibility in Jon Daniels and the men he deems most valuable to the franchise's long-term success." No matter "how we spin it, this is" Daniels' organization, and "that's how it should be." The "reality is his age makes Ryan's role a year-to-year proposition." Taylor: "You have to bet on youth every time" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 3/4). In Dallas, Kevin Sherrington noted there has been "somewhat of a resentment from the Daniels side, not necessarily from Jon, that Nolan gets so much credit" (DALLASNEWS.com, 3/4).