Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Good news! New owner and Nolan Ryan is still here!

Tom Hicks was a decent owner.

He got off to a great start with the Stars, i.e. a couple of Stanley Cup Finals in 1999 and 2000.

The Rangers gave him a couple of AL West titles in the late 1990's too!

Mr Hicks' best decision: signing Brett Hull and putting the Stars over the top. Hull is currently EVP of team operations.

Worst decision? The A-Rod deal ($250 million over 10 years). It wrecked the Rangers.

A-Rod had great seasons here, including an MVP. However, it's hard to run a team when one player represents so much of your payroll.

To his credit, Mr Hicks learned his lesson. In 2003, he put the Rangers on a new path and the farm system is now one of the best in baseball.

Unfortunately, Mr Hicks has been hit very hard by the economy.

So he had to sell and he did: Greenberg group picked for Rangers sale

"A group headed by Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg has been selected by Rangers owner Tom Hicks to enter into exclusive negotiations to buy the franchise, according to an official announcement made by Hicks Sports Group on Tuesday.

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan has committed to being a part of Greenberg's group and would remain in his current position as club president. Greenberg is expected to hold the position of managing general partner."

Good luck to Mr Greenberg and welcome to North Texas!

Here is the good news: Nolan Ryan stays! He will continue as team president and face of the franchise.

How can you do better than Nolan Ryan?

Thank you Mr. Hicks! Good luck to you in the future!

P.S. Nolan Ryan talks about the team pitching:



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