Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Rangers try to buy credibility

So the Texas Rangers have a new president you may have heard of.

His name: Nolan Ryan, as in Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.

Color me confused about Ryan's hiring. During his 10-year personal services contract with Houston, he never held a significant position in the organization.

He did build Round Rock and Corpus Christi into two of the best organizations in minor league baseball, but there's a major difference in running a minor league team and having a major say in a big league organization.

If there is someone who can bridge that gap, it's Ryan. Here's hoping, however, the Rangers, who have rebuilt their once-barren farm system through shrewd drafting and trades, don't sacrifice their reputation for it.


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