Rangers fans across the area woke up to some breaking news on Monday morning that could send the entire fan base into “disaster mode”. But there really isn’t a full story to be revealed as of yet, because the rumor is he is being forced out, but according to some insiders on sports talk radio, are saying that it Is nothing more than John Daniels getting more control and Nolan can stay and be a figurehead.
The team is spinning this as more of taking day to day operations off of his plate, but it always seemed like Nolan enjoyed those day to day items. He will still be the CEO and have decision power, but now John Daniels will make baseball decisions and Rick George of the ownership group will have power of the business decisions.
While these moves were made back in November, they were finally being announced over the weekend and have since fired up the rumor mill. There is speculation this will lead to Ryan leaving Rangers as early as the end of spring training. And yes, if he does in fact leave, it will start a fire storm in Arlington. Because Nolan Ryan is one of the driving forces behind the success of the last few seasons, you can’t say he is solely responsible, but they started their climb towards the top when he took over.
One of the biggest rumors floating around right now is, Ryan could potentially leave the Rangers and head back to Houston, and this would be a huge kick in the gut for the Rangers, especially now the Astros will be a division foe. But after being stripped of his power, it is easy to see he could make the move. Not to mention Houston would be closer to his Alvin, Texas home than Arlington. And don’t forget, he does have a bigger tie to the Astros organization than the Rangers.
This may just be a small freak out for nothing; Nolan may have been part of the decision maker on this move. But from the outside looking it, this seems to have trouble written all over it, and losing the knowledge and experience Nolan has could end up setting the Rangers back 20 years. I am not taking anything away from John Daniels, he made some good moves before Nolan arrived, but his track record improved greatly after Nolan became the Team President.
Only time will tell what happens as the season gets closer, but the thought of John Daniels having free reign has to scare some fans who remember some of his earlier trades and signings.