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MLB Rangers' Jon Daniels Says He Was Never Offered Nolan Ryan's CEO Title
Published March 8, 2013
THE SILENT GAME: The Dallas Morning News' Barry Horn said Ryan is "not talking, but he’s speaking volumes by not talking." Horn: "By not talking, he’s saying something. I’ve listened to Jon Daniels, and he’s nervous. He cannot wait for this whole thing to go away" ("SportsDay On Air," FS Southwest, 3/7). In Ft. Worth, Randy Galloway wrote, "Damage control in Arlington is in full spin." Any "perception that Ryan has been wronged will be met with fan hostility, and the backlash is now hitting home." This backlash "worries the heck out of everyone involved, including Daniels, who really did nothing wrong here, at least as far his promotion goes." Daniels "didn’t promote himself." Bad "blood has been spilled at the ballpark for years." There are "two camps: Nolan’s camp and Daniels’ camp." The bad blood on baseball decisions is "probably more intense within those camps as opposed to Nolan vs. Daniels, but that tainted blood is there, period." There is "absolutely nothing cozy about the relationship." And the "irony is that to take his name off the PR backlash list, Jon Daniels is now praying that Nolan stays, and I don’t blame him" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/7).
HELLO, HOUSTON: MLB.com's Richard Justice wrote Astros Owner Jim Crane by hiring Ryan could "restock his franchise with credibility and goodwill." He can "bring fans back to the ballpark, too." Simply "having Ryan associated with the Astros would elevate the franchise in the hearts and minds of Texans." But Crane "must hire Ryan for a real job, not a figurehead one." Ryan must be "involved at every level and must have a voice in decisions" (MLB.com, 3/7). ESPN.com's Johnette Howard wrote "don't go sleeping" on the Astros' "chances of a reunion" with Ryan. The Astros "should woo Ryan until he gives them a yes or no" (ESPN.com, 3/6).