"With a Heavy Heart," Chuck Greenberg On Why He's No Longer a Texas Ranger: He and Nolan Ryan Have "Somewhat Different Styles."

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Chuck Greenberg at a press conference at the ballpark last August
Odd news to wake up to this morning: After being the man leading the charge to take control of the Texas Rangers last summer, and having been very much the public face of the franchise in the months since, Chuck Greenberg's gone. Did he jump or was he pushed? According to the Rangers' Official Press Release that follows -- containing statements both from the ownership group and Greenberg himself -- the answer appears to be: The ownership group -- Ray Davis and Bob Simpson, the co-chairs of  Rangers Baseball Express LLC wanted him gone.

They don't get specific in their lengthy remarks, though Jeff Wilson this morning offer myriad reasons, from the handling of Jon Daniels' contract extension to his way-too-hands-on approach when it came to Cliff Lee to his getting the Atlanta Braves upset over a minor-league team move.

But Greenberg has this to say: "Unfortunately, Nolan Ryan, the Co-Chairmen, and I have somewhat different styles. While I am disappointed we did not work through our differences, I remain wholeheartedly committed to doing what's right for the franchise."

The whole release follows. The Rangers just announced they've scheduled a 3:30 p.m. press conference at the Ballpark in Arlington, with Simpson, Davis and Ryan.
CEO CHUCK GREENBERG TO LEAVE TEXAS RANGERS

ARLINGTON, TX--The Texas Rangers today announced that Chuck Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer, is leaving the organization.

Team President Nolan Ryan will add the title of CEO and oversee all baseball and business operations for the organization, reporting directly to the team's Board of Directors.

The Co-Chairmen of Rangers Baseball Express LLC, Ray Davis and Bob Simpson, issued the following statement:

"We greatly appreciate Chuck Greenberg's hard work, professionalism and unwavering commitment to the team, our fans and the Dallas-Fort Worth communities. Chuck is a dynamic leader with superb strategic, operational and business development skills, and under his and Nolan Ryan's direction, we have accomplished a great deal in a short time. We thank Chuck for his many contributions to the organization, and wish him well in his future endeavors. At the same time, we are very confident in the continued success and further development of the Texas Rangers under Nolan's leadership."

Further, the Co-Chairmen stated, "Chuck's departure will have no effect on the team's operation and we look forward to working with Nolan Ryan as this organization continues to grow and prosper. The baseball group has demonstrated its quest for excellence under the skillful leadership of Jon Daniels. On the business side, we also have a deep bench of experienced executives who always put our fans first and will ensure our ambitious plans for the 2011 season stay on track. We appreciate Chuck's contributions and wish him all the best."

Greenberg said, "I have great respect for the Texas Rangers franchise and am enormously proud of all we have accomplished together since August. Unfortunately, Nolan Ryan, the Co-Chairmen, and I have somewhat different styles. While I am disappointed we did not work through our differences, I remain wholeheartedly committed to doing what's right for the franchise. Together we concluded it is best for all concerned for me to sell my interest back to Rangers Baseball Express and move on. I do so with a heavy heart, but with every confidence in the direction that the new management team is taking the Rangers and, with Nolan at the helm, I know this franchise will continue to thrive and reach even greater heights both on and off the field."

"Chuck's determination during an extremely long and complicated sales process was crucial in delivering a positive outcome for our ownership group last August," commented Ryan, who originally joined the Rangers as President on February 6, 2008. "We owe him a great deal of thanks for those efforts and I wish him only the best.

Ryan added, "I am excited about the future of the Texas Rangers in so many ways. Our front office is comprised of talented and passionate people who come to work every day with the goal of making us the best organization in Major League Baseball, on and off the field."

Rangers Baseball Express LLC completed its purchase of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and related assets from Texas Rangers Baseball Partners on August 12, 2010 and is the sixth owner in club history.

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KeithH
KeithH

It's amazing to me that Greenberg would have taken such a small ownership stake in the first place.

He basically devoted a year of his life to pursue the team-- for a 1% share? It doesn't make any sense.

Maybe he didn't have any choice. Perhaps when the price of the team was bid up during the court auction, the money guys (Davis and Simpson) asked Greengerg to agree to reduced share or they would pull out of the auction?

Who knows.....I'm just speculating. It's just very strange.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Word is, Nolan was out pushing his "Nolan Ryan's Signature Sausage" on everyone in management at the club picnic.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

We have a hockey team thats needs to be purchased from the town douche. Maybe he can line up some investors to fund a Stars purchase!!!

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

These days it's really not that odd that the guy who lines up the folks for a big deal like this bows out shortly after it's done. They're great at making the deal happen but after that the nuts and bolts of running an organization takes over.

Having said that I hate to see him go. He seemed like what we needed here, a fan-friendly guy who loves baseball and is concerned with the whole game experience. Have to think this might hurt his chances with MLB of ever owning another franchise.

richie's pink slip
richie's pink slip

It really seems like Chuck, Daniels, and Nolan all ran an amateur operation this offseason. They mishandled Cliff Lee. Mishandled Michael Young. Mishandled PR on Josh Hamilton's illness. They appear to continue to be mishandling front office attitudes, media relations, and the pitching rotation. Luckily, we saw last year that the players can get it done even if the suits (Hicks last year) aren't cutting it.

Oh yeah, the Josh Lewin thing wasn't handled right, either.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I love, love, love me some Nolan, but I do hope he's not turning into a crotchety old dude.

Chuck, we hardly knew ya. Always enjoyed hearing him be interviewed, but I do think the team will be ran well with Nolan the de facto man in charge.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

As has been explained to me, repeatedly, this morning by those in the know: Greenberg acted like he owned the Rangers. And he did not. He was CEO.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Robert, do you know what percentage, if any, he did/does own?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Word was, and no one would ever confirm, that out of the $593 million the ownership group paid for the team, he put a few million into the pot. In other words -- a fraction of a fraction of a fraction.

James
James

So then why did they allow him to be CEO? Wasn't he doing CEO duties?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Wait a second...how does he just get cut out of this??? This guy was as fan friendly as it gets. As much as I like Nolan and can appreciate his baseball brain, this guy was more on the side of promotion and being with the fans. WTF happens now? I guess no hotdog and beer specials.

BayRunner
BayRunner

Nolan Ryan = Michael Jordan. May have on-field success, but hasn't shown any ability to lead a team to success. Ryan hasn't done a single thing, and all success should be attributed to Daniels.

Smiths101
Smiths101

Really. That is just a weird thought. He ran AA and AAA teams for years. Oh, and the Rangers did get to the World Series last year. Just a thought.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

It just goes to show, if you arent one of the good ol' boys, they dont have much use for you. Methinks the good ol' boys are out of touch with the hip, up and coming generation of executives! John Daniels better not cross anyone or he will be the next one gone

James
James

So first Nolan isn't a fan of Josh Lewin, and now he can't get along with Greenberg? I love Nolan, but I'm starting to think he's just a grumpy old "B"...

gorangers
gorangers

replacing Josh with a Josh-esque but less clever John Rhadigan was a head scratcher.

Gary
Gary

Wonder what Cuban thinks of this.

gorangers
gorangers

This is all very strange. Can't the Rangers have a drama free spring training for once?

I think there was an Unfair Park post around the time the Rangers were down 1-3 in the World Series where Chuck told the fans on his facebook or something not to give up and have some hope there could be a comeback. He referenced growing up being a Pirates fan and a particular moment they were down big in the World Series and came back to win it. Obviously, that was all wishful thinking and no comeback was made, but it was refreshing to see an owner who was clearly fan first and passionate after Tom Hicks stinking up the joint for so long. Add that inspired moment with him out front and center shaking fans hands and lowering concession and parking prices and he seemed like a genuinely good guy.

I think this is very strange news, and I hope Nolan is doing what's best for this franchise long term and doesn't just have an ego to stroke.

scottindallas
scottindallas

(I hate to write this, but) Tom Hicks is a true fan of baseball as best I can tell. He did have a certain air about him. I appreciated your posting, especially the line about Greenberg.

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