The Texas Rangers and CEO Nolan Ryan have decided to part ways, effective October 31st. At the heart of the decision is a power struggle between Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels. Ryan is down playing those reports and said that his relationship with Daniels is “good” and that it “didn’t come into play on this” decision.
“I’ve enjoyed my time working with and learning from Nolan,” Daniels said, via ESPN Dallas. “We’ve shared a lot of successes together, along with many others here. I specifically appreciate his passion for the game and the way he treats people in and out of the organization. We wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do next.”
A lot of Texas Rangers fans don’t agree. They attribute the Rangers success to Nolan Ryan being there. Ryan arrived in 2008 when former owner Tom Hicks brought him in. Then of course two American League Championships and two heart breaking World Series losses later and the Rangers fans loyalty to Ryan is undying.
Ben Rogers, co-host of the Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Texas thinks it is foolish for fans to think that. He says it was Daniels making smart business decisions, like trading Mark Teixiara for prospects. Rogers says that it was Daniels moves that got the Rangers to the top of the baseball world nearly.
Still, Rangers fans love Nolan Ryan and they can’t stop fighting for him. Rogers finally gets frustrated with their calls and goes off on them.
Rogers is a good guy for the record and extremely kind to callers and fans. Rogers has been more than friendly to fans are remote shows as well. He also does a great southern accent impression that isn’t in this clip.
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