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I checked it here this morning to see if you guys had any insight or opinions about the report that Nolan Ryan could be leaving the Rangers organization by the end of spring training?
I was confused when the announcement was made that JD was "promoted" to president of baseball operations/GM.
Im shocked.Reminds me of Jerry Jones firing Jimmy!
execpt nobody is getting fired, if nolan leaves it will be bc he left
and nolan ryan knows nothing about player personnel
this is all bc JD got appointed "head of baseball opperations".......I assume that this was bc of the clash last year regarding the Roy Oswalt pick up.......Nolan went against JD and made that happen.....FAIL......and now that situation wont happen again
nolan ryan has a good place with this team and it involves public relations and working with pitchers, thats it
lets see if his ego can handle it
You mean the Nolan Ryan that INSISTED we sign Oswalt? Oh well!
I'm not sure Ryan has had all the say some here think he does. I think his position has been largely ceremonial all along.
Greenberg was originally supposed to run the show, but the money men backing the team disagreed with some of his decisions (and actions) and he didn’t last long.
JD has had most of the decisions as to who gets signed, who gets promoted, who gets traded, etc… he is the one who put “The Plan” into place and the organization has followed it pretty closely.
I do think Nolan’s presence has given the Rangers far more exposure than they would have had otherwise. And, I think the explorations of keeping Cliff Lee and getting Zack Greinke were likely Nolan… Bringing in Purpura was definitely Nolan. But, I think the one who truly creates and updates the rosters is, and has always been, JD. And, JD was ok with Nolan’s desires – up to a point. He won’t abandon The Plan, so Greinke slipped away to LAD, Josh to LAAoA and relievers all over the map.
JD is the architect of this team. JD & Thad have been together since before they were Rangers and I doubt Thad will be going anywhere but right up the chain in JD’s wake. If an opening for GM arises, that'll be Thad.
I would imagine that, had JD been older when the team was bought by Ryan, et al, that he would have already been the FO Face of the Franchise. And, if JD ultimately assumes that role, I know Nolan will be happy and he will continue to contribute all the hot dogs and beef Ranger fans can consume. And, he will continue lending his name and presence to the Rangers organization. That's who Nolan is.
Randy Galloway dreams of having an in with JD and it drives him to distraction that JD won’t do all the things Galloway wants him to. So, Randy is going to throw out the women and children, burn down the house and run around willy-nilly in his boxers in the street and hope someone listens to his rants that the sky is falling on the Metroplex.
You? Just, don’t bump your head on that cumulo over there…
I'm talking about the Nolan Ryan that has a statue at TBIA.
Don't be surprised if Big Tex ends up President of the Houston Astros.That could fuel a rivalry.
We may have to find someone else to sit with Dubya.
I'm thinking that perhaps Nolan sees the WS window the Rangers had open is now closed for the foreseeable future, and is disgusted with the failure of baseball operations to keep that window open this offseason. So as long as there is now no realistic chance here in Dallas of getting that WS ring he desires, why not go be a figure head for another closed-windowed organization - Houston - that is much closer to his home and all his off-the-field beef enterprises?
I think it keeps key personal in key positions and discourages other organizations from taking our FO personnel to "Like" positions in their respective organization. Now, if some team wants to woo JD, the position would require he be President of baseball operations as well. It would be a demotion to go be another teams GM. Same theory with Chad.
I see this as Galloway manufacturing a story where there isn't one... Irresponsible journalism at its best.
Nolan probably doesn't want to be involved in the DTD activities as much anyways. He's got some hotdogs to start cooking for dollar dog night.
Agreed ozzie. I think this was more about keeping JD and Thad and others than it was about Nolan.
That dam Jon Daniels and his book smarts how dare he bring in that farenier yu darvish and then not like the idea of me bringing Ina true ace in Roy oswalt excuse me I have a cow to milk
It seems like a move that helps keep the think tank together as long as possible while at the same time making Nolan Ryan not have to sign off on DFAing some dude on the 40 that nobody knows about.
True story. Nolan overheard some of us front office guys talking and one of us[not saying who] called Nolan's wife Ruth a "heifer". Nolan totally overeacted and said that was an insult to his cow herd. Totally blown out of proportion.
Is that you--nte
Don't be an idiot Terri C.
gotta get sick of seeing all these vaunted pitching prospects come up and look HORRIBLE. our pitching selection and devl is way over rated
Your posts suck NTE.
Your team sucks Nolan....Angels are going to dominate you this year.
Nolan Ryan is part of ownership. He has like 3 or 5% stake. It's not majority like Simpson, but he is the "face" of the ownershp group the same as George W Bush before Tom Hicks. Can't fire an owner.
True that. Enter Rhynes, "Steve!"
Sometimes it irks me that we give JD so much credit and refuse to throw any blame whatsoever at JD. Oswalt? Nolan's fault. MY? Washington's fault. Bench made up of rookies in the middle of a pennant race? Wash's fault. "Mismanagement" of pitchers in the late innings? Wash's fault, even though Maddux is sitting right there next to him. This doesn't have much to do with the topic at hand, but the constant "In JD we trust," thing is old. When the Rangers are .500 at the trade deadline, who's fault will it be then?
Steve: "Can't fire an owner."
See Greenberg, Chuck. If 51% of ownership wants something done, you can do almost anything.
Joker, it's going to depend on why we're .500.
In these instances you mentioned, we don't know who should take the blame, because we don't know what happens behind the scenes. We're doing everything from inferring from comments and undisclosed sources to grasping wildly at straws. It's imprecise at best and wild inaccurate otherwise.
But to discuss your mentioned points, let's examine them one-by-one.1) Oswalt: Doesn't fit into the JD plan as we assume it to be. Roy on a Brandon Webb type flyer? Yes. But $10M for less than a full season? This seems like either desperation or other influence.2) MY: We've long operated under the assumption that Wash had free reign over on-the-field strategy, and JD and the rest of the FO were willing to give him that because his positives outweighed his negatives. As a player's coach we think he did a good job getting results out of his players. And then he lost them last year. Bad situational hitting, Josh being Josh, etc. Last year Wash stood by his proven guy whether it be because he prefers veterans or he "owed" MY for his support from the cocaine incident, who knows. Maybe Wash honestly thought MY was the best available option. This year either the FO tried to force Wash to play Mike less and he resisted again so they took his favorite toy away, or they decided it was best for Mike to pursue a starting job in Philly over riding pine a majority of the time in Dallas.3) Rookies: I believe many people would cite bench depth as a serious flaw, and that rides on JD certainly. I don't know why we're blaming Wash for roster construction. But the rookies were there to gain experience and it was thought that the long term gains of getting Olt and Profar some action outweighed the possible short term gains of utilizing Snyder and Alberto Gonzalez.4) Pitching mismanagement: We don't know the exact relationship that Maddux has with Wash. But Wash is an old school baseball trust-your-gut-kinda guy, so it's entirely possible that he takes Mike's advice but has final say if he feels something he likes. Or he could do exactly as Maddux tells him, in which case blame falls on both of them: Maddux for being a poor pitching coach and Wash for keeping him around. It is generally regarded that Mike Maddux is an exceptional pitching coach, so take that into consideration.
It's also easier to see flaws in coaching decisions than FO decisions because they showcase the results so much quicker. We also see JD take a methodical approach to building a winning franchise, not just a team. It seems ordered and methodical, and while ups and downs will both happen, we have seen where having a plan and not making rash decisions is the best choice for the long term. And Ryan and Wash both seem like fiery, rash guys. So we place more trust in JD than the others.
I tend to go along with the idea that it was going to be a slow news day so the Ft. Worth Flash decided to make news by inventing a story..............yep, thats what happened, shame on your Randy.
Nolan Ryan is the minority OWNER President and can do what he wants with in reason. Just like those two old farts who actually have the money.
I certainly understand what you are saying Frank. Wash was a big part of the collapse last year, of course. However, looking at the way this roster is constructed I find it very hard to view this team as a World Series contender. It takes a very optimistic approach to view this team as being able to get into the playoffs. It just seems like we've chosen future over winning without committing to choosing future. Andrus for Upton was something that(presumably) that could have been done early in the offseason knowing Profar was in the wings. Why wasn't that done if we are building for the future instead of chasing after free agents?
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