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MLB Franchise Notes: Columnist Says Rangers Ownership "Guilty" If Nolan Ryan Exits

FOXSPORTS.com’s Ken Rosenthal wrote, “Shame on the Rangers” if CEO Nolan Ryan “departs thinking that he lost a power struggle.” If that is “his perception, ownership is guilty, guilty, guilty.” The team would “survive just fine without Ryan: They have built a powerhouse organization.” But the “point is, Ryan helped save the franchise twice.” The “perception of a power struggle would haunt” the owners “who failed to broker a peace between Ryan and those who oppose him.” It would also affect President of Baseball Operations & GM Jon Daniels, “who -- fairly or not -- would be viewed by some as the guy who helped run Nolan Ryan out of town” (FOXSPORTS.com, 3/5). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said the “implication” he got after speaking with MLB.com’s Richard Justice was that maybe Daniels “was a little bit jealous” of Ryan and “maybe ownership looks at the way Nolan Ryan treated Josh Hamilton because it looked like he pushed him out the door last year” ("PTI," ESPN, 3/5).

CREATED A MONSTER
: In Miami, Dan Le Batard wrote of the Marlins, “It is bad enough when your customers don’t trust you to be competent; it is another thing entirely when they don’t trust you to be moral. But both?” The team “needed a front-office fumigator and brought in a public-relations firm instead.” But newspaper ads “don’t placate angry mobs.” There is “nothing” Marlins execs who “work in the fun-and-game business can say or do now that won’t result in shaking torches and pitchforks.” In the history of South Florida sports there has “never been an organization with this deep of a credibility problem” (MIAMI HERALD, 3/3). The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Tim Marchman wrote of Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria, “For all the grief he takes, Loria’s basic philosophy makes sense: Fielding a profitable bad team rather than an expensive mediocre one makes sense, and it's hard to see how it could possibly damage the game” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/4).

MARKED CARDS: The Cubs and Topps yesterday announced a partnership to create a Topps Archives baseball card set featuring current and former Cubs players. The player and design pairings are unique to the set. Cubs season-tickets holders as part of their ticket packages will receive the set, which will include a logo to differentiate it from the set made available to fans at four Cubs home games in ’13 (Cubs).
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