My How Times Fly And Things Change ……………….

My How Times Fly And Things Change ……………….

Was he pushed or did really go of his own free will ? That’s the question that will now be asked as it relates to the upheaval in the front office of the Texas Rangers as managing partner a Chuck Greenberg chose to resign from the organization . One thing is certain Greenberg who along with Nolan Ryan did more instigate the successful purchase of the team beating out billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban and Houston businessman Jim Crane with their successful $593 million winning bid for the bankrupt organization. Having done so, the duo would with their partners seek a cash infusion into the Rangers which includes a two decade $3 billion tv deal that sets up the organization and its immediate future.

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For the Rangers this past season m was something of an unexpected one filled with highs and lows but nothing more surprising than their AL pennant defeat of the New York Yankees (4-2) only then to succumb to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series with some ease 4-1 . The team then in the offseason would lose Cliff Lee through free agency as he would return to the Philadelphia Phillies .

Courtesy of AP Sports & Yahoo

Rangers CEO Greenberg leaving organization

By Stephen Hawkins , AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—It didn’t take long for Chuck Greenberg to become a very visible figure for the Texas Rangers, buying the team in a dramatic bankruptcy court showdown and then taking on the role of CEO and managing partner before the team’s first-ever World Series.

On Friday, seven months after his investment group bought the team, the AL champion Rangers abruptly announced that Greenberg was leaving the organization. The move came three weeks before the season opener.

Growing differences between the charismatic CEO, team president Nolan Ryan and board co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson had been an ongoing issue out of the public eye.

“In reality, management styles and chemistries sometimes don’t fit together. That was the situation with Chuck and the board and Nolan,” Davis said. “Chuck made a huge contribution and we wish him all the best success in the world in whatever he endeavors to do.”

The ownership group has already bought out Greenberg’s small financial stake in the team. Simpson said Greenberg turned down the opportunity for another position in the group, one “not in the full role that he was enjoying.”

Ryan will add the title of CEO and oversee baseball and business operations, reporting directly to the team’s board of directors. The Hall of Fame pitcher, who finished his 27-season playing career with the Rangers, became their team president in February 2008.

Davis and Simpson, the largest investors in the ownership group, wouldn’t get into specifics about the differences with Greenberg in what was their first formal news conference since taking over the team last year. Neither would Ryan.

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Though the loss of Chuck Greenberg isn’t seen as catastrophic it has to be said that will have taken the baseball world by surprise. GM Jon Daniels has said the loss of Greenberg though felt within the club things will very much go on as before in a positive direction and the success they’re all looking to achieve isn’t a target that is beyond their reach. However, there has to be continuing speculation as to why Chuck Greenberg would make such an abrupt departure from the ball-club. There may well have been some form of internal struggle within the front office as to a power struggle and the shaping of an identity to this team. Nolan and Chuck Greenberg were essentially seen as the faces of the franchise from an image and business standpoint with Ryan’s solid know how , his vast experience within the game and Greenberg’s business acumen and as former attorney with noted law firm Pepper Hamilton LLC and then as a noted sports agent. The two brought a wealth of experience to the team and were it not for them I do believe that the Rangers would now be in the hands of rival bidders at the time Mark Cuban and Jim Crane. And though some have questioned the bidding process overseen by a bankruptcy court judge there was a feeling also that the MLB hierarchy was heavily behind the bid of Ryan and his syndicate partners . As to what this says about the impartiality of the game’s hierarchy in such a process , well as such , it does smack self indulgence if anything ! I can only surmise that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was extremely happy with the outcome .

The task for the Rangers this season is to rebound from the loss in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants . Players such as Josh Hamilton , C J Wilson , Adrian Beltre and Michael Young along with the rest of this roster that they are capable of mounting a serious challenge within AL West in taking on the likes of Seattle Mariners , Oakland Athletics and the Anaheim Angels . The division itself I’ve never really thought of as being extremely competitive given the fact that the teams other than the Angels have tendered to waver as to their consistency . I do however believe that Ron Washington and his coaching staff will be able to get the best out of his team and be just as competitive as last year. If they’re able to do that then there’s the possibility that the Rangers can also be viewed as a serious challenger within the AL and a contender for the World Series itself .

As to Nolan Ryan with the departure of his once former associate it now gives him greater hands on powers with the regard to executive decisions to be made within the organization. And I’ve no doubt that he’ll work closely together with Jon Daniels as it relates to personnel and coaching matters. His relationship with Ron Washington is said to be a close and fruitful one and one should bear in mind that in the midst of last season when Washington’s future was said to be in doubt after the revelations of his cocaine addiction it was Ryan who steadfastly stood by his beleaguered manager. And the rest as they is history as with regard to rest of that memorable season for the Texas Rangers.

This season within the game promises to be a very entertaining one and I do believe that it might well be one of the best in recent years. I don’t believe that there’s a distinct clear cut favorite albeit that the Phillies with that intimidating starting rotation led by Cliff Lee , Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt will prove hard to beat . But as we saw with last year’s postseason you don’t need the mighty swing of an axe to chop down a a really large oak tree as you merely have to chip away at it before it suddenly falls . The proof was simply there for all to witness as the San Francisco Giants knocked down the Phillies’ tree in NL pennant title game . Could it happen again ? I don’t see any reason why not given the right set of circumstances but I’d dare say that Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel isn’t about to let his ; team forget that experience and they’ll no doubt be prepared than they were last year should the same scenario rise once again.

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What thoughts if any do you have on the abrupt departure of Chuck Greenberg from the Texas Rangers ? Do you believe that he went of his own volition or that he may well have been forced out by forces beyond his control ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this and any other matter as it relates to the upcoming season within baseball .

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(1) Yorvit Torrealba(8) of the Texas Rangers high fives manager Ron Washington after scoring against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images …………..

(2) Josh Hamilton (32) of the Texas Rangers sits in the dugout during the spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images ……

(3) Joey Votto (19) of the Cincinnati Reds hits a double during the third inning of the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images ………

(4) Texas Rangers part-owner and new CEO Nolan Ryan arrives for a news conference in Arlington, Texas, Friday, March 11, 2011. Ryan has replaced Chuck Greenberg as team CEO. AP Photo/LM Otero ……….

(5) Managing Partner & CEO Chuck Greenberg of the Texas Rangers looks speaks with the media during batting practice against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. According to reports on March 11, 2011, Greenberg will be leaving the Rangers organization as their CEO and managing general partner, with Nolan Ryan expected to become the new CEO. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images …..

(6) Chuck Greenberg (left) is seen here with GM Jon Daniels (center) and Nolan Ryan celebrating after the Texas Rangers defeat of the New York Yankees to win the ALCS pennant in 2010 . The team would go on to lose the World Series to the San Francisco Giants . Sue Walters /AP/ Reuters ……..


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9 thoughts on “My How Times Fly And Things Change ……………….”

    1. Chris Humpherys

      The Rangers already have one of the best young GM’s in baseball outside of the Red Sox’s Theo Epstein and his name is Jon Daniels .

      Holly Vallance

      It’s been primarily Daniels who assembled this Rangers’ team in conjunction with Greenberg and Nolan Ryan . But it was Greenberg’s business acumen and know how that essentially won the partners their bid against Cuban and Jim Crane when the team was in bankruptcy protection .

      Houston I think we might have a problem !

      They’re going to sorely miss the guy in spite of the public statements being made by the front office coming from Jon Daniels at present. Granted, it’ll be Ryan who’ll now be seen as the figure head of the organization but is was Greenberg who had the business savvy amongst them . Now it could end up being far more acrimonious within that front office with there being so many damn egos and so many multi-millionaires and billionaires seated at the table.

      🙂

      tophatal …………… 😛

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  1. It’s going to be hard for them to get to where they were last year, and I have a hard time seeing the Rangers in the World Series. They can put up the runs, but aside from CJ their pitching depth is a glaring hole. I guess we’ll see if adding Neftali to the rotation instead of having him close is the impact they need in the rotation. I have a feeling that neither the Giants of the Rangers make it to the WS.

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    1. chappy81

      The Rangers will struggle to even reproduce their form of last year . The loss of Lee and the upheaval within the front office makes it abundantly clear there’ll be struggles ahead for the team this season . Not only that but I also believe as a team and within management there’ll be some problems .

      The AL West is such a weak division and the teams there are way too inconsistent for my liking. Not only that but the brand of baseball being played by the teams for the large part can be viewed as mediocre at best and downright abysmal at its worst .

      Lick the mustard off this and Jenny McCarthy

      Like you I can’t see either of last year’s WS participants making it back to the World Series ! They’re not even the favorites within the respective leagues to begin with .

      tophatal ……………

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  2. I was at the Rangers Rays game 4, it was some exciting stuff, even tho we lost. Yea, the Rangers should have another good chance. I’m not completely sold on their current pitching stuff. Hopefully, Webb can get back into form. Like you said, their division is weak. I can’t remember the last time the Mariners were even .500.

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    1. jgome

      It was a good series not great but the Rangers simply had their hands full with the Giants’ pitching and their offense never really ever got into the series to be consistent enough.

      Yes the division is very weak and as such it’s been the Angels who’ve the success recently but they too once the postseason comes around have either sank or swam . I do like the Rangers’ chances if they can stay healthy and play a high quality of baseball . But I think the AL West will come down to dog fight between the A’s , Rangers and Angels !

      The Mariners are merely there to make up the numbers as the owners simply don’t want to win . They’re a badly managed and ran organization. I really do feel sorry for Ichiro because he deserves way better than the crap that he’s been consistently dealt over the last five years at least.

      tophatal

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  3. Ah beesball has been good to me…..Hire Holly as manager, guys will be happy to go to work everyday. When the Pirates begin to win, I get interested in baseball, otherwise…..

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    1. al clements

      I hear Holly comes at quite a steep price ? How ’bout you hiring one of Sheen’s goddesses ? I hear they work merely for sex and not much else ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Spring Training is looking good for a number of teams around the league but as we know it’s the regular season and postseason that really counts .

      Is Vallance the best thing to come out of Australia since Crocodile Dundee ? It’s either her Naomi Watts , Poppy Montgomery or Thandie Newton ?

      Naomi Watts

      Poppy Montgomery

      Thandie Newton

      When the Pirates start to win will either be the day hell freezes over or the fact that Bob Nutting has sold the team to someone who actually cares about winning rather than the pretense of being seen as if you care . In the case of Nutting it’s obviously been the latter as too with the previous owners the McClatchy’s .

      Can this organization go any deeper into their present abyss of ineptitude ? We shall see in the upcoming season with the team and how they’ll fare .

      tophatal ………………

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