Let me preface this by saying a am a huge fan of Nolan Ryan and all he has done for this franchise. I had posters of him growing up, and he is a baseball God to me, and always will be. If the reports are true, I am not sure I believe most of them, that Ryan wants out, and there is a disagreement between he and Jon Daniels, than the choice is CRYSTAL CLEAR.
The Rangers will go with JD, Thad, and AJ over the great Nolan Ryan. Not only is this the right choice, it is the only choice. Look, Nolan helped bring the Rangers back on the map, and gave this team national popularity again. However, he did not build this team. Did he have his hand in the process? Of course he did, but the farm system, and team was and is built by JD and his team of masterminds. This move was far more than JD versus Nolan. It was about keeping our brain trust in tact, and by moving JD to president, you can now move everyone up a notch in hopes that we do not get picked apart by other teams. Nolan has got to do what Nolan has got to do, and if that means he does not want to stay here in a different role, than thank you for everything you have done, and you will always be and icon here in Texas. The hope is that he will stay and continue to help us grow as a franchise.
There is also speculation that there is a rift between JD and the coaching staff. While Wash wont come out and say it, if there is a rift, both parties will need to learn to make concessions and meet in the middle. It is a debate between new age baseball and old school. In order to sustain success, you have to be willing to say goodbye or let go of veterans before they decline, and infuse your club with talented youth from the farm. See the Cowboys for a classic example of how not to run a franchise. I do not think any of you want to see the Rangers turn into the Cowboys, as they are always paying for past mistakes and paying off debt from five years back. To keep winning, you do not over pay for players, you do not overpay in trades, and you do not resign players who will be in decline for half of their contract. Simple as that. Does JD need to be in Wash’s office every day debating the lineup? No, he does not, however Wash hopefully has learned that you can not run your team into the ground and have to trust the youth of the franchise and that they will deliver. At least give them a fighting chance, and while doing that you also preserve the legs of your veterans for the playoffs. This team played more games than anyone else the last three years and were worn out in september last year. So a premium must be paid on playing the young guys. If Wash doesnt learn, bless his heart, but he will be out too. The money men of ownership, love JD and will back him, and JD deserves that. He has built a well run franchise, that is built to sustain winning.
So my wish for you Nolan, is simple; “Please accept a lesser role, as you are 67 years old, keep helping this team grow, and enjoy watching quality baseball for the next decade, and hopefully longer” You are a Texas Ranger icon, and I believe I speak for every single Ranger fan when I say, “Work with this incredibly smart front office and continue to strive to bring a championship to Arlington.”
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