Tag:Chuck Greenberg
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:17 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 12:22 pm

Rangers owner Greenberg resigns

By Evan Brunell

GreenbergThe reign of Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg was a short-lived one, as the Pittsburgh lawyer has resigned his position of CEO, the team announced in a news release.

"We greatly appreciate Chuck Greenberg's hard work, professionalism and unwavering commitment to the team, our fans and the Dallas-Fort Worth communities," Ray Davis and Bob Simpson said in the statement. The two are co-chairmen of the board of directors. "Chuck is a dynamic leader with superb strategic, operational and business development skills, and under his and Nolan Ryan's direction, we have accomplished a great deal in a short time."

Greenberg (photo, holding AL Championship trophy), along with team president Nolan Ryan defeated Mark Cuban and Jim Crane in a well-publicized auction for the rights to the Rangers on Aug. 3 after Tom Hicks lost the team due to money issues. Greenberg and Ryan then saw Texas make a run to the World Series before falling to the San Francisco Giants in six games. Ryan will take over as CEO with Greenberg's departure, marking a third face of the Rangers' ownership in a year.

"Chuck's departure will have no effect on the team's operation and we look forward to working with Nolan Ryan as this organization continues to grow and prosper," Davis and Simpson added. 

While no specific reason was cited for Greenberg's resignation, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports that speculation is centered on Greenberg's methods causing friction with fellow investor and team president Nolan Ryan along with MLB. Greenberg made headlines during the World Series when he commented on how awful he felt Yankee fans were during the ALCS. He would later draw the ire of Yankees president Randy Levine over the winter for seemingly innocuous comments on Texas' pursuit of Cliff Lee.

The Star-Telegram has more:

The problems date to late last season, shortly after Rangers Baseball Express was approved as owners Aug. 12. According to sources, members of the Atlanta organization weren’t pleased with how Greenberg shifted the Rangers’ High-A affiliate to Myrtle Beach, one of the minor-league clubs he owns that had long been associated with the Braves. Their discontent reached the Commissioner’s office at MLB headquarters in New York.

In December, about five weeks after the World Series, members of the baseball operations staff were taken aback by how involved Greenberg became in daily internal discussions during the winter meetings. A third trip to Arkansas on the final day of the meetings to see Cliff Lee wasn’t well-received universally.

More recently, Greenberg and team president Nolan Ryan were pitted against each other as an extension for general manager Jon Daniels was being pounded out. Greenberg had sold the suite at Rangers Ballpark that Daniels had used to host families of front-office personnel as well as conduct meetings. The suite was to be part of the Daniels extension, and it was sold despite objections from Ryan.

Chuck Greenberg

Also of note is that Greenberg is not the majority owner of the Rangers -- he simply led the group that eventually took control and served as CEO.

"I have great respect for the Texas Rangers franchise and am enormously proud of all we have accomplished together since August," Greenberg said. "Unfortunately, Nolan Ryan, the co-chairmen and I have somewhat different styles. While I am disappointed we did not work through our differences, I remain wholeheartedly committed to doing what's right for the franchise. Together we concluded it is best for all concerned for me to sell my interest back to Rangers Baseball Express and move on. I do so with a heavy heart, but with every confidence in the direction that the new management team is taking the Rangers and, with Nolan at the helm, I know this franchise will continue to thrive and reach even greater heights both on and off the field."

If there's one thing Bud Selig dislikes in owners, it's those who make waves, which Greenberg has been doing, clearly, since becoming the leader of Texas. He's proved popular with the fanbase but that's apparently not enough to satisfy his detractors. He's already been phased out, as he was not involved during meetings with ownership and advertising representatives this past weekend. Over the last few months, Ryan has been the one to emerge as the public face of the team.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 6:13 pm

Yanks president rips 'welfare' Rangers

Randy Levine
What's with all the hating on the Rangers this week? Or more specifically, what's with everyone overreacting to comments regarding the Rangers?

Lance Berkman made the mistake of being honest about not signing with the Rangers because he thinks they're going to take a step back next year, a perfectly reasonable opinion that nonetheless got C.J. Wilson's dander up. Now Yankees president Randy Levine is unloading on Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg after an innocuous comment Greenberg made.

Asked about the pursuit of Cliff Lee, Greenberg said he thought the Rangers extended negotiations by visiting the pitcher's Arkansas home three times. He said he had the feeling Lee was close to signing with the Yankees, but the Rangers keeping the door open so long allowed the Phillies to sneak in and play the spoiler.

"I think if we wouldn't have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees," Greenberg said at a Rangers fan event last Sunday. "We pried the door open a little bit to give ourselves another opportunity. And ultimately the Phillies were able to take advantage of that opportunity that we created."

Call me crazy, but I don't see a shot at the Yankees in there. Greenberg wasn't expressing pleasure that the Yankees lost out, just making an observation on how the events seemed to play out. But Levine took the opportunity to insult Greenberg and the Rangers.

"I think Chuck is delusional," Levine told the New York Post on Friday. "He’s been in the game a few minutes, yet he seems to know what everybody’s thoughts are.

"If he wants to impress us, he can do that by keeping the Rangers off welfare. Let’s see if they can be revenue sharing payers instead of recipients for three years in a row without getting money from Major League Baseball."

Talk about overreacting. Not only do Levine's comments look like sour grapes toward the team that knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs, they're condescending toward every team that benefits from revenue sharing. I'm all in favor of stirring the media pot, but a "no comment" would have served Levine a lot better there. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a call from Bud Selig telling him the same thing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:32 pm

Rangers visit Lee in Arkansas

The Cliff Lee courting continues, this time it was the Rangers who flew to Arkansas to meet with the belle of the free-agent ball, Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes .

According to Andro, Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels met with Lee for approximately two hours on Monday before Daniels went on to the general manager's meeting in Orlando.

Greenberg declined comment to Andro.

Yeah, these kind of stories are a little on the silly side, but there's no game tonight, so we've got to talk about something, right? And hey, it was all over the place when the Yankees did it, so, you know, turnabout is fair and all that noise. I mean, the Rangers are the American League champs and all.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 5:45 pm

Steinbrenner says Yanks payroll will stay steady

Hal Steinbrenner Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner made the rounds on New York radio on Tuesday and said the team would keep its payroll about the same as 2010 and its top priority is signing Cliff Lee.

From the Star-Ledger 's Marc Carig , who listened to talk radio so we didn't have to, here's what Steinbrenner had to say:

• On payroll: "I can safely say we're going to stay within the same level. I'm obviously not going to get into details. But we know we're expected to field a championship-caliber team and we're going to do what it takes to do that. So, if we have to get creative in a trade, or if we have to go out for a big free agent, we're going to do that."

• Steinbrenner said the team has already reached out to the agents for free agent Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

• On the apology from Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, he said Greenberg to him his remarks were "ridiculous, if not stupid."

UPDATE: The Daily News ' Mark Feinsand has more , including this nugget about re-signing Jeter: "How long that takes might be frustrating for the fans. Maybe it won’t be. We definitely want them back. There’s no doubt."

Feinsand noted Steinbrenner said negotiations with Jeter "could get messy."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:53 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 6:30 pm

Rangers owner: Yankee fans 'embarrassment'

Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg took some time out from cheerleading Monday to level some harsh words at Yankee fans, calling them "violent," "apathetic" and "an embarrassment."

In an interview on ESPN radio in Dallas, Greenberg was asked about the Rangers' crowds in the postseason. He contrasted his team's "great" fans to what he saw at Yankee Stadium during the ALCS.

"I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful," he said. "They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I've seen in the postseason. I thought they were an embarrassment."

There's probably no chance this story comes up again the next time the Rangers visit New York, right?

UPDATE: And the Yankees play it dead solid perfect with their response. Word is they're fuming over Greenberg's comments, but they issued this official response: "At this time, we are honoring the Commissioner’s policy regarding respecting and not distracting from the World Series."

So they get in a shot without taking a shot, and they look classy doing it. Nicely played, Yanks.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:33 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 9:37 am

Chuck Greenberg is still fired up

You can just picture Rangers majority owner Chuck Greenberg pacing around in his kitchen late last night, unsettled and sleepless after seeing his team fall behind 3-1 in the World Series. He's bursting with motivational energy, so he decides to fire up a Jerry Maguire-style missive to Rangers supporters.
Chuck Greenberg
"This season has transcended expectations and transformed the psyche and hearts of legions of Rangers fans across Texas and throughout our country and beyond. At the core of the remarkable journey we have shared together is a ballclub and a community who collectively have consigned the conventional wisdom of the past to the dust bins of history, busting myths and charting a new course previously thought to be unattainable.

Can't pitch successfully in Rangers Ballpark. Wrong.

Can't compete successfully late in the season because the heat will break you down. Wrong.

Fans will lose interest when training camp opens. Wrong.

Fans won't come to Rangers Ballpark after the All Star break because its too hot. Wrong.

Rangers can't win a playoff series. Wrong.

Rangers can't win a playoff game at home. Wrong.

Rangers can't beat the Yankees in the playoffs. Wrong.

Rangers can't get to the World Series. Wrong.

Rangers can't captivate the hearts and emotions of fans new and old deep into the fall. Wrong.

And on and on and on....

I can't even begin to count the memorable moments we have shared this year thanks to a very special group of players with hearts and smiles as big as Texas, who always pull together, stand up for one another, and who have changed the sports landscape here in the Metroplex forever.

But here is a simple reality. Monday will be the last game played in Rangers Ballpark this year. We all owe it to ourselves, our players and each other, to celebrate with passion, enthusiasm and indefatigable belief from lineup cards to the final out, loud and proud.

The defining team of my young life was the 1979, "We are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates. I have often remarked how much this Rangers club reminds me of that team, with a confident but friendly swagger and an abundance of character and personality.

Now these two teams have something else in common. Both fell behind 3-1 in the World Series. Kent Tekulve, the great closer from the '79 Pirates, texted me after tonight's game to pass along this story. Before Game 5, Willie Stargell told his teammates:

"We are playing in front of the whole world. We may not win this thing, but before we go, let's show the world how the Pirates really play baseball".

The Pirates, playing against a team whose colors were black and orange, won Game 5. Then they returned to Baltimore and won Game 6. Then they won Game 7.

I know our players will show everyone how the Rangers play baseball tomorrow. As fans, let's do the same. We have one final opportunity this season to show the world what we have accomplished together and the passion we all hold for our players and our shared dreams.

The World Series is going back to San Francisco. And then there will be one final piece of conventional wisdom to prove wrong....



-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:18 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 1:18 am

Payday on the way for Rangers' GM and manager

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington can expect new contracts after the season.

Daniels (pictured, middle) and co-owner Chuck Greenberg (pictured, left) were interviewed on KESN-FM and the Dallas Morning News transcribed the interview . When Greenberg was asked about extensions for Daniels and Washington, Greenberg said he expected to get something done after the Rangers' season is over.

"As son as the season is over, Jon, Nolan [Ryan] and I are going to sit down, it won't be a long conversation, and it's going to end very well for him," Greenberg said.

Daniels took the question about Washington: "No doubt about it, he's our manager. We weren't going to negotiation with players during the season, executives, managers during the season; we have one focus, let's win this thing and then everyone will be rewarded afterwards."

Greenberg said he's going to give Daniels the payroll to compete.

"This franchise will be ready to take its place as one of the real dynamos in baseball," Greenberg said. "We're going to give Jon the resources to try and compete like this year in and year out."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 4:55 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 9:15 am

Rangers owners drop prices for fans

Rangers Ballpark
Considering the new Rangers ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan had to up their investment by about $73 million in the auction to buy the team, you'd think they would be looking to squeeze every penny out of their new property.

Instead, with the team in first place and Rangers Ballpark filling up, they used their first official day in charge to make the fairly astonishing announcement that they are immediately dropping prices across the board on parking, concessions and merchandise.

"On behalf of Nolan Ryan and our entire group, I want to say how proud we are to assume the ownership of the Texas Rangers," Greenberg said at a news conference Friday. "This franchise belongs to our fans, and we wanted to show our appreciation for their loyalty and support by implementing these initiatives immediately."

According to the the Fan Cost Index developed by Team Marketing Report, designed to compare the cost of a family of four to attend a game at various venues, the Rangers were already a pretty good bargain, 20th out of 30 teams. The price cuts announced Thursday look to lower the Rangers' FCI by about $15. At a time when the Rangers are hotter than ever, the new owners are basically putting $15 back in the pockets of every family that comes through the turnstiles.

Not sure how this will work out financially for the team, but in terms of public relations the new guys are off to a nice start.

-- David Andriesen

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