BOB: Nolan Ryan retires…for nowby Brian Borawski
October 23, 2013
Nolan Ryan steps down as Rangers CEONolan Ryan’s tenure with the Texas Rangers has to be one of the more controversial for a front office executive. He joined the team in 2008, helped spearhead the purchase of the team with Chuck Greenberg back in 2010 after Tom Hicks filed for bankruptcy, was probably the primary reason Greenberg then got out within a year and now is stepping down as the team's CEO. He’s also selling his stake in the team.
In a lot of ways, the writing was on the wall when the Rangers named Jon Daniels their president of baseball operations. Now the speculation is what’s next for Ryan. He doesn’t seem to want to jump into anything new and for the time being he’s simply said he wants to spend time with his family. His son, Reid, is the president of the Houston Astros, so there’s been some speculation that he’ll end up there. The Rangers aren't filling Ryan’s role immediately; for the time his job will be split between people already in the front office.
Ratings are up in 2013 postseasonWith the League Championship Series in the books, MLB and the television networks that air playoff games have to be pretty happy so far. Both series went to six games and the general rule is, more games equal more money. Each series this year has had a higher television rating than last year with an average of 4.7 million viewers per game. Game Six of the American League Championship Series was watched by nine million people, the most for an LCS since Game Six of the 2010 NLCS.
Game Six of the 2013 ALCS was the most watched game in Boston since Game Seven of the 2008 ALCS. It was the most watched LCS in Detroit since the Tigers' ALCS appearance in 2006.
Minor changes in Wrigley dealThe City of Chicago made some small changes to its stadium agreement with the Chicago Cubs and their pending renovations to Wrigley Field. The number of night games the team is required to play was dropped from 46 games to 43 and the team is also given some flexibility about how those games are scheduled, allowing last minute changes that might occur with ESPN’s Sunday game of the week.
In addition, the construction of a pedestrian bridge won’t happen, which sounds like good news for nearby residents. Still, the big issue now is getting the rooftop owners on board. Until the team can come to an agreement with them about their viewing access to the field, not a lot is going to happen.
More questions than answers in San Jose rulingIf you just read the headline, you’d think Major League Baseball won its court case with the city of San Jose. San Jose was questioning MLB’s anti-trust exemption and as far as that goes, the judge threw out the case and the exemption is still intact. Still, San Jose did have one win: the judge ruled that MLB was interfering with San Jose’s sale of an option of land to the Oakland Athletics.
San Jose jumped on this as a win. This could eventually cause a settlement with the San Francisco Giants, who own the rights to San Jose, but I think it’s safe to say that nothing is going happen anytime soon.
Brian Borawski is a member of SABR's Business of Baseball Committee and writes about the Detroit Tigers at his own website, TigerBlog. He welcomes comments, questions and suggestions via e-mail.