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DFW radio host suggests Nolan Ryan WON’T be leaving

Nolan Ryan is leaving the Rangers?

Hold the phone on that, at least one prominent sports host is now saying.

Chris Arnold, co-host of the “G-Bag Nation” 105.3 The Fan is going against the guesses of many others in the DFW media – including many at his own station – and stated Wednesday night that Ryan departing as Rangers CEO is not likely.

Arnold told the masses over the airwaves that a source within the Rangers ownership group, who was brought in via Ryan, told him that Ryan would have too much to lose financially from leaving over what ultimately amounts to hurt pride.

Since the Rangers announced that they were giving Jon Daniels the title of President of Basketball Operations in addition to his current title of General Manager, talk radio in North Texas has been abuzz with reports that baseball’s all-time strikeout king would part ways with the club he helped pull out of bankruptcy over the thought of getting “stripped of power.” Baseball insider Mike Basick told 105.3’s morning show, “New School,” that he feels it’s 90 percent sure that Ryan is gone, going by what appeared to be going on in the front office.

Hours later, Arnold went on the air to dispute that claim. Not even co-host Gavin Dawson knew what was coming, as Arnold said he had only contacted his own source to verify the information they the station had been broadcasting up to that point.

According to Arnold’s source:

1. Yes, any tension between Ryan and Daniels started back in November 2011, when Ryan appointed former Astros GM Tim Purpura to replace Scott Servais as the Rangers’ farm system director rather than someone Daniels had promised the job to.

2. Despite any disagreements, however, Ryan and Daniels continue to have a good working relationship. That can’t be said for the people within the front office who are “Nolan guys” versus “JD guys. ” Any claims that Ryan is hurt enough to leave has been relayed by them, not by Ryan or anyone in the ownership group.

3. Yes, Ryan’s pride has been hurt from the decision to officially give autonomy to Daniels in personnel decisions.

4. But no, Arnold’s source firmly believes Ryan will not leave his position, and he has not spoken publicly since the weekend because of what he would have to lose.

Basically, according to Arnold’s theory, those who assume Ryan will leave over this, and especially those thinking he’d end up with the Astros, aren’t taking Ryan’s ownership stake into account – which is something he wouldn’t get anywhere else.

He definitely wouldn’t get it in Houston, considering Astros owner Jim Crane tried to buy the Rangers in 2010 over Ryan and Chuck Greenberg’s group. And Ryan wouldn’t go anywhere else because of his desire to live in Texas.

Ryan would basically stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars if he left the Rangers. And the thought of taking that potential money away from his family should convince him to stay, while talk within Rangers ownership has been to find ways to make Ryan happy again.

So it may be too early indeed to declare that everything the Rangers have built in the last few years is coming apart. Those asking the fans who would they choose between Ryan and Daniels may find out they still don’t have to make that decision.

It’s entirely possible that Ryan will come out of this with anything from a higher salary to a bigger stake in the club. But the chances of him still being in the stands come Opening Day may be much better than the doomsayers are suggesting.


WBC should give us the chance to be proud

When did we stop having pride in our country?

Okay, that was a pretty strong accusation.

But as the United States national team gears up for its round of pool play in the the World Baseball Classic, the talk among most fans in the land where the game was created is not about whether the Americans finally have the chance to win the trophy in their sport, but whether they should be playing at all.

Rangers pitcher Derek Holland will suit up for the red, white and blue when they play their first game Friday against Mexico, most Rangers fans will grumble about him not being in Surprise getting ready to don the white, red and blue for the Rangers.

By comparison, Wayne Rooney would be eviscerated by his countrymen if he elected to not play for the Brits in the World Cup. Not even Manchester United fans would understand if he said he was doing so to keep fresh for the Red Devils’ run at the Champions League.

In other nations, winning international tournaments means everything. In the US of A, they’ve become little more than a nuisance. Why?

Fans will continue to use the same tired argument about the risk of players getting injured, thus hampering their team’s chances at the World Series. Who cares about uniting as a country in this cause? We as Texans have to keep showing that we’re better than Los Angeles!!

But it comes down to the one thing we don’t like to admit about ourselves:

We’re arrogant.

In our minds, the USA is the best at everything, no questions asked, you contest that, you’re a Commie. We don’t need to square off in competitions against other countries to prove we’re better than them. Can’t come close to winning in something like soccer? We just write it off because that’s “not a real sport” (while still being one that the rest of the world takes a million times more seriously than even our county takes the game we choose to call football).

So Japan can hoist the trophy, like they’ve done the first two times in this tournament, and we just brush it off because, hey, our players are still healthy enough to go after the World Series, which is the REAL world championship, right???

Maybe WE’RE the ones who don’t get it.

Charles Barkley playing in the 1992 Olympics led him to being in better shape than he ever was, causing his following NBA season to be his best ever.

Has it occurred to anyone that Holland getting in meaningful games this early in the year might actually help him gain the focus Rangers fans have pleaded for?

But this is about much more. It’s about finding ways to continue developing the game in the wake of the Olympics tossing out baseball.

As Ken Rosenthal stated, the WBC will distribute about $15 million in prize money, upping the total in three tournaments to $40 million. Roughly half of that will go to developing the sport in other countries.

That will allow talent to continue to improve around the world – which Major League Baseball needs as more and more American kids defect to the football fields and blacktops.

Of course, maybe the complaining about the WBC is from the vocal minority. Attendance for the previous WBC was around 800,000. ESPN’s games featuring the USA drew better ratings than any of their NBA games.

Maybe we do care about defending our country on the playing field, despite the media wanting to think otherwise.

So let’s break out the Old Navy flag shirts this weekend, get the hot dogs on the grill early and show the rest of the world who’s sport this really is.

Mavericks are losing leads as players spurn them

Fron www.examiner.com:

Things appear to just be going from bad to worse for theĀ Dallas Mavericks.

One day after losing a seven point fourth quarter lead in sling at home to Milwaukee, the Mavericks went into Memphis and proceeded to blow a 25 point lead, losing 90-84 to the Grizzlies.