What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
You have always been a superior sort of person, a tough guy, a leader, someone we always looked up to. We stood aback in awe when you pummeled Robin Ventura, when you thew your 7th no-hitter, when you shattered the strikeout record, and later when you brought a tone of accountability and hard work to Texas as an executive. As far as baseball accomplishments you have pretty much done it all, you even won the World Series your rookie year. You are not only the greatest living baseball player, but you have also played an indispensable role in making the Rangers into a consistent competitor. We admired your perseverance and courage when you forced Chucky Cheese out of the organization and re-enshrined honesty as our leading organizational principle.
Sir, it seems like you have done it all. What if you were to go and do something for Bud? What if you were to go and lead another team? We know you want to be productive, and continue to be what you have been. But at this point don't you have to ask yourself what you are really after? What has your status as a leader really been about? I don't think leading another team as CEO will add to your accomplishments. I don't think doing some desk job for Bud Selig will add to your accomplishments. I don't think anything like that is going to add to what you have done, and I think you know that. There is one thing that you need to taste again though. You need to taste victory again, like you did 44 years ago. But there is a problem. The owners decided that your decision making within the organization would be diminished. It was a decision they felt needed to be made. I personally don't know enough about the situation to know whether they made the right decision. But there is one thing I do know, Nolan; I know that you are not going to be happy doing something else. As it is you still get to have your say, to clash with JD. Maybe you don't have final say anymore but you still get to make your case, you still get to go to work in the ring of ideas, hard work, and accountability. And if we win you still get to experience glory, and I don't think anyone will think that glory is diminished on account of your diminished decision making power. On the other hand, if we win after you have left I can't see how that would bring you nearly as much joy.
Bottom line, you have a lot to gain by staying in the organization. You will probably make a lot of money, not that this is all that important to you, and you could finally taste glory. I can't imagine a job or other baseball activity that would add to your greatness. Nothing else the game has to offer is going to increase your accomplishments. Considering this, why not stay even though your power has been diminished, even though you feel the ownership group doesn't appreciate what you have done. Success always seemed to come naturally to you. But what about humility? Its not like you wont be engaged, its not like your expertise won't be put to work for the organization. Simply because you won't have final say doesn't mean you aren't contributing.
PS It seems like sometimes the daring thing to do is to accept a diminished role when that is your only option because the alternative is unthinkable, to leave the arena, to take yourself out of the game at the most critical moment simply because the course of events wasn't entirely favorable for you.
Stay-and-win, for the sake of glory, for the sake of everything you have done to this point because leaving will not crown your accomplishments, and nothing outside of the organization is going to add to them.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
I got tired head and had to stop before finishing.
So, did you want to order some 100% pure grass fed beef or what?
Joe is clearly the most well-written Bleacher Report poster I've ever seen.
Thanks for the backhanded compliment-A hole!
You lost me after the line:
"You are the greatest living ballplayer"
He's not even the greatest living pitcher with current ties to the Rangers... he might have been a lot more flamboyant than Greg Maddux, but he wasn't nearly as good. With the exception of strikeouts, there isn't a metric that Nolan was close to Greg on... and considering the eras they played in (maddux throughout the Juiced era and nolan mostly before it), it isn't even close...
I agree with your premise, tho... but, I wouldn't dwell so much on the "diminished decision making" if you really want him to stay.
Focus on "riding the bull until it finally throws off the yoke of losing" concept. I think he can relate to that.
Joe, next time you write a post this long please include pictures of shiny objects to keep the idiots interested.
That wasn't me..
I don't think Nolan's beef is 100% grass fed... If it is I will start buying it. I think it's just all natural and not pumped full of hormones, which is still better than a lot out there. I think Nolan's cows get fed the shitty genetically modified corn which kills bugs instantly and causes tumors and sterility in mice. Can the grass fed statement be confirmed? Either way, I thought that was a pretty funny post...
Joe---thanks for your heartfelt attempt to rationalize a way out of this mess where Nolan could stay with the Texas Rangers organization. I feel your painThere surely should be enough work and enough credit to go around. It has been working rather well is seems.
As much as we like to criticize "The Face of the Rangers "concept--Nolan Ryan is the face of the Rangers.And as much as it shocked me initially--i've come to accept that this partnership has fallen apart.
Nolan isn't ready to walk away from baseball--he won't be "out of a job" any longer than Buddy Ryan's kid.The Rangers are on solid foundation and JD shouldn't be blamed. It really is his team.
Nolan has contractual obligations where the San Antonio games are concerned.I don't expect him to be with the Rangers on opening game.
If i could write a heartfelt letter to keep this partnership together i would.Thanks for your effort Joe.
Cool. But I actually believe what I said. I do not think that Nolan is going to benefit from going elsewhere, and to leave Texas would mean throwing away his magnum opus as an executive. I can't imagine he will do that, it just doesn't make sense. On the other hand, the ownership group needs to be clear about who is in charge. Maybe, Nolan is in charge unless JD wants to go to ownership for an exception if he feels really strongly about something? Or maybe JD is in charge in general unless Nolan wants to go to ownership about something? I think either of those could work practically. The whole tough guy persona is just that, a persona. It doesn't explain Nolan at his core. I think he has the courage to have humility because it would be what is best for everyone, and thus, for glory.
And no, I do not subscribe to the "its JD's team" stuff. I think its both of their team as well as Wash's team as well as Bobby and Ray's team, as well as Adrian Beltre's team and on and on. No one person owns that team. It is the collective genius of many people, and those people need to keep on clashing, churning, and building because we have not yet reached glory.
Dang Joe. I thought this post was worth some conversation.
But look around...........There's nothing on here anymore but tumbleweeds and an occasional troll .
I think the reaction that "Nolan might go elsewhere" is lacking in real examination of the landscape. It completely ignores the fact that Nolan has 3 years left on his contract, and the owners have no desire for him to leave ....so he can't simply go to another team. In addition, his ownership stake prevents any ability to work elsewhere in baseball.
As a result, his choice is to sell his stake in the Rangers and sit on the baseball sidelines for 3 years, or suck it up and work with the owners to redefine his role.
Though no one has said it, I think much of this is rooted in Ryan giving Wash so much rope on issues like how much to play Young and whether to play the kids brought up as reinforcements last season, that Wash hung both of them. Early in the off-season we heard Wash continue to say that he would do things exactly the same way again - but that tune has changed. I think Ryan continued to back Wash and Wash continued to act the fool, and the owners saw the institutional stupidity that needed to be rooted out. Ryan's authority over such matters was taken away. Too late to fix last season, but in time to make sure it doesn't continue.
But he still has room to play a role here and provide input. Difference is, he doesn't get the final say anymore because he wasn't demanding accountability, so someone else is being positioned to do so.
I wish it would work out. I think differing opinions are healthy.--But someone has to have the final say
And that won't be Nolan Ryan.
There will be no reason for the Rangers to enforce his contract against his will or enforce a non compete clause.They will not be punitive with him.They will buyout his ownership stake and negotiate his remaining contract.Nolan will leave with bruised feelings--and a fat settlement.
And we will never hear the details.
That seems reasonably likely at this point. If he leaves, I'm almost sure it will be like that. If he stays, I imagine a lot of things won't change publicly. We'll still hear from him now and then, possibly during the game like before, and he will continue to represent the ownership. But it'll be mostly a figurehead position, though publicly it won't come off that way. He'll probably still refer to "we" instead of "they" (meaning the actual decision-makers) when talking about the front office, and so on. It'll be as if there had never been a power struggle made public.
That's if he stays. And I hope he does; just for starters, I don't see Bob and Ray talking to us publicly like Nolan does. It seems like they rarely talk to anyone and are content to do so.
Let the whiny ass crybaby leave? He's the idiot who forced Oswalt on us.
in lieu of game thread, get ready to see a lot of games like this. ogando looking horrible. all the homers that think he "rocks". pull your head out. oh, wait, i forgot. its on ST. nevermind. we'll cursh em in two days. flip the switch
well, if you're a padres fan, you feel good about one of your worst starters
btw, buzz is better than Rhadigan but is it really by a lot? lewin made the broadcast much more enjoyable while imparting more baseball stuff
Excuse us Nancy--but we are talking baseball.
Quite a concept huh?
man, i want to jump through the screen and choke tom.
I really liked Dave Barnett.I don't think they should have canned him over one botched robbery!
Man this team sucks yawn yawn
Did Joey die in his sleep?
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