Due to some personal things happening in my life, I hadn’t really intended to update much in the immediate future.
But, as will always be the case, certain things cannot be ignored.
Chuck Greenberg, the guy that brought Nolan Ryan and the rest of the current ownership group together, has walked away from the team. According to reports, he sold back his share of the Rangers for a hefty sum and now he’s gone.
He’s a ghost.
Where everything went wrong is hard to say, especially considering the politically correct nature of commentary coming from Nolan Ryan and his money men, Bob Simpson and Ray Davis.
By all accounts, it was a lot of little things that led to the parting of ways, none of which seems to be Greenberg’s spats with the Yankee ownership.
It’s something that just sort of happened and, as far as I know, no one outside of Richie Whitt* knew anything about it.
*I heard Whitt indicate last week, during his radio show on 105.3 The Fan, that he’d heard rumblings of a schism developing between Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan. No one else in DFW seemed to have any clue until very early Friday morning.
(In watching him these last few months, I always got the sense that Greenberg was a really nice guy, but that there might be more bubbling just below the surface that wasn’t so nice. Maybe he was a shark all along, gritting his teeth when we all thought he was smiling.)
One thing of note, which has not been widely reported, is that Greenberg may have killed a possible Michael Young trade by demanding that Young give up the interest owed on a deferred payment of about $9MM, which would have gone to him in 2016.
This would have been a considerable miscue that the player’s association would not take lightly, but could also be indicative of a much more serious problem with his management style.
What it boils down to, I think, is that Greenberg had become more vocal and more out front since last August, which may have reminded too many people of Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones.
Whatever benefits this will yield remains to be seen, but there is no doubt in my mind that Greenberg’s enthusiasm for fan experience will be hard to replicate. A lot of my support for him came from the fact that he genuinely seemed interested in finding out what could be made better about a trip to The Ballpark.
That was refreshing considering what a lack of emphasis the previous regime put on that sort of thing.
With Nolan running the show on both sides of the ball, it’s hard to say whether the organization is better today than it was a week ago. My Nolan Ryan homerism is out there for everyone to see, but I know he isn’t completely bullet proof. The man has made mistakes**.
**Such as during the Cliff Lee negotiations, when Ryan tried to circumvent the accepted process and asked the agent outright for a number. Nobody else but Ryan thought this was a good idea.
Hopefully the waters will calm after this, because front office drama is a story that Rangers fans have heard before. It’s getting a little tired, to be honest.