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SBD/March 13, 2013/Franchises
Rangers Want Nolan Ryan Involved, But Decision-Making Days Are Over
Published March 13, 2013
STILL WAITING: In Ft. Worth, Mac Engel wrote of the uncertainty surrounding Ryan's role with the Rangers, "The whole thing, up to and including the press releases, is uncomfortable, awkward and sad." If Ryan leaves, the "blood will be on" Simpson and Davis’ hands. No matter "how much soap he uses, there will be some splatter on GM Jon Daniels’ mitts as well" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/12). ESPN DALLAS' Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote the Rangers can "thrive without him, but they're a better organization with him -- and it has zero to do with him being a Texas icon." Ryan "makes the Rangers better" because he makes Daniels, Assistant GM Thad Levine and Senior Dir of Player Personnel AJ Preller "view decisions from a different perspective" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 3/11). Rangers P Derek Holland said, "Nolan, to me, is an important part of this team. He interacts with pitchers. He talks to us. We get information from him. He’s one of those guys that you want to keep around. He’s Nolan Ryan, how could you not?” ("Fitzsimmons & Durrett," ESPN Radio 103.3 Dallas, 3/11).