The Texas Rangers may have finally found the secret to a stable and winning organization: hire people in the front office who know the game! Hiring Nolan Ryan as team President is probably the smartest move the Texas Rangers have made since…well…signing Nolan Ryan as a free-agent pitcher in 1989. Being probably the best baseball pitcher in history and a man who knows about longevity in the league (setting the record for most seasons played in addition to many other unattainable records), Mr. Ryan knows quite a bit about what it takes to be successful in the Major League. He knew better than to fly off the handle and fire the Rangers manager last season when everyone was screaming for his head. Instead, he took a season to learn the team and assess it in the offseason. During the offseason, he mandated to Kevin Millwood, the Rangers pitching ace, a strict offseason conditioning regimen. This has filtered to the other pitchers on the team giving the Rangers a better opportunity to provide a stronger defense to complement an already strong offense. Even though the Rangers have already had their ups and downs thus far in this season, the Rangers will be stronger in the long-run because of the stability that comes from the top of the organization on down to the clubhouse. They have an owner with the smarts to realize his weaknesses and ignorance and hire people who are strong where he is weak.
Contrast this with a certain Dallas Cowboys owner just across town. I don’t think I need to say anymore about this. Hey Jerry, even Mark Cuban knows his place in the organization. Yes, he makes a fool of himself often but at least he stays off the sidelines and leaves the basketball to the basketball-guys. Why can’t you take notes on this stuff, Jerry? Realize your place in the organization and let the football-guys handle the football!