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So there you go. And there goes Nolan Ryan, gone for good. Backstabbing and ego trips won out, and a state of Texas legend is forced out.
Give it up for Jon Daniels, the general manager who successfully hijacked the Texas Rangers, and as of Thursday officially, became the baseball god of Arlington.
But give it up a little louder for Ray Davis, who in case you forgot is co-majority owner of the club. Daniels could not have pulled off his Nolan kill-shot without the backing of a rich man from Dallas.
My favorite part of Thursday’s Nolan-is-out media session at the ballyard was Davis saying he would now be representing the Rangers at all MLB high-level meetings, meaning Ray wants more, much more, face time.
Just what we need around here, another Jones and Cuban on the ownership front.
If you think Nolan Ryan’s abrupt resignation was cause for Jon Daniels to be grinning from ear to ear, you’re wrong. I couldn’t say he looked particularly saddened either. In between his refusals to comment beyond a quote he emailed to me praising Ryan’s work, Daniels answered one question.
I asked if he believed what Ryan had just said, that the two of them had a good relationship.
“Sure,” Daniels said. “We agreed on a lot more than we disagreed on.”
Whatever the case, wherever the hidden truth may lie, there will be no fundamental disagreements at the top of the Rangers’ management chart moving forward. This has mostly been Jon Daniels’ team as it ascended from the depths of the division to two American League pennants.