Former Texas Rangers' Co-Owner Chuck Greenberg Talks

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Talked to former Texas Rangers' CEO and managing general partner Chuck Greenberg yesterday.

You know, the guy who helped usher Tom Hicks out of the franchise, who dragged the team out of bankruptcy, who spearheaded the out-bidding of Mark Cuban in court and who hand-picked Nolan Ryan as a crucial part of the franchise before earlier this month being unceremoniously shoved out the door because of philosophical differences. We haven't forgotten him already have we?

Certainly not stop-the-presses stuff - he eloquently side-steps all direct Rangers questions - but these are, far as I can tell, his first public comments (not counting Facebook) since being forced to resign from the franchise on March 11.

The highlights:

*He has no plans to attend Friday's Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark or Saturday's game before which the Rangers will receive their 2010 American League Championship rings. "I'll be in town," he said. "Just not at the games."

*Asked about his annulment from the Rangers? "Sorry, I gotta take the high road."

*Even though he's a Pittsburgh guy, he and his family are going to remain in the metroplex and live in the house in Westlake he had built recently. "When we moved down here it was for the long haul," he said. "We love it here."

*His March Madness bracket, like everyone else's, is completely busted. "I came this close to picking VCU against the Butler in the Final Four," he joked.

*As for what he'll do next, now that his dream-come-true of co-owning and running a Major League Baseball team has been shattered? "I don't know. But if you've got any suggestions let's go grab a beer. I've got lots of free time."

And with that Greenberg departed for a few days of R&R in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Just guessing, but he might take in a baseball game.

Just so happens that he still owns the Class A minor league team there. Just so happens that the Pelicans became the Rangers' High-A affiliate over the winter. And just so happens that a certain Major League team is making history Tuesday night at Greenberg's BB&T Coastal Field.

Yep, the Texas Rangers.

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Lemonaioli
Lemonaioli

Miss you Chuck! Like the Rangers Ambassador of Fun (if Brett Hull will allow the title to be shared.)

Bobp19
Bobp19

I think you should get involved in Hockey! I happen to know of a local team for sale since you're staying in the Dallas area...

Huggybear43
Huggybear43

Big Huggy has tickets to tomorrow night's game at BB&T Coastal, to see Rangers pitchers pitch against......Rangers hitters, for at least a few innings. Very odd. But, I am ready for the season here in MB to start....going to be fun times this summer!!

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Minor point here - isn't Greenberg still a co-owner? His share wasn't bought out, was it?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Matt Treanor traded to the Royals for cash pending his approval of it according to every Ranger source on Twitter.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

I don't guess we'll ever know what really happened, but I sure liked the guy. I especially liked his poking and prodding of the Yankees - anything to rankle their feathers. I like Nolan and JD as much as anybody, but this still really rubs me the wrong way. It also makes one wonder how this might have played out if Mark Cuban had won the auction instead.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

He (Goldberg) turned a 2 to 5 million dollar investment into between 25 and 50 mill to walk away..you bet your ass he'll take the high road. Everyone says that he's the one whom pissed off JD, and got in the way of trade talks for the Face o the..and went behind Nolan and JD's backs with his last trip to visit Clee..good riddance Chuck, glad "you" kept Cubes and the Houston guy from buying the team..but as the Rock has been know to say "Know your role". In Nolan and JD, I trust. (They didn't want Clee for that kind of dough, example #1, when Nolan called the agent and asked what it would take to sign him...that hasn't happened in baseball free agency since probably Arod..it isn't the way free agency works, and JD and Nolan knew that..it was a symbolic gesture of trying to make a deal.)

Mishon
Mishon

Good stuff, RW.

When he was pushed out the door I thought about him still owning Coastal Carolina. Will they likely remain a part of the Rangers organization?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Chuck, we barely knew thee. What a kick in that nuts that his affiliate is affiliated with the Rangers. I do applaud him taking the high road. I'm just guessing that he could throw someone pretty important in this organization under the bus for the debacle of Cliff Lee and Michael Young.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Once again, I am the Ranger's know it all not named Merton..see below, jackwagon.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Nope. His shares were bought out at a hefty price. He's totally gone.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

First of all Nolan would no longer by here, 2nd JD would've been right behind Nolan..I'll take it the way it worked out...still would've loved to overpay Clee and get Beltre.

Herbert the pervert
Herbert the pervert

If Mark had got the team we probably would have Lee and wouldn't be stuck with a mediocre pitching staff. It seems like Nolan has a huge ego and is going to be a notorious cheap bastard.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I've read there's pretty decent odds the Rangers and Braves may be willing to swap A clubs after this season--Myrtle Beach was with the Braves before and the Braves new A club is a short drive from Hickory.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

How is Nolan cheap? Cliff Lee took less money than the Rangers offered to play in Philadelphia.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

braves made a big stink to MLB about how the change to a ranger affiliate occurred.

Herbert the pervert
Herbert the pervert

I guess I should be more clear. He doesn't want to spend money on talent unless it's affordable or the player is injured, he won't pursue ace players and he won't listen to reason. Someone tell me how this team is better than last year.The guy acts like a dictator who won't take advice from anyone. How many world series has he won? To steal a joke from the Trump Roast, Nolan Ryan is such an ego maniac that he makes Hitler seem like he wasn't entirely sure how he felt about jewish people.This is coming from someone who likes Nolan Ryan just not the way he wants to control everything.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

I think your statement might need to be amended. Lee took less money than Greenberg offered - I don't think Nolan was down with that last ditch offer Greenberg presented.

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