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Is Nolan Ryan the Perfect Owner?

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08:17 AM ET 10.06 | The strikeout king is a hit as an owner. Nolan Ryan, now 64-years-old, won't throw a pitch this postseason (though don't bet he couldn't get an out). As the chief executive and a minority owner of the Texas Rangers, he's doing just about everything else. If you follow him around on a game day, something else becomes clear: There may be no other executive in major North American professional team sports who gives more time and thought to his players. ... His work doesn't stop after the first pitch. While Ryan says he takes pains not to interfere with the pitching coach, the Hall-of-Fame pitcher says that when he sees something amiss with one of his pitchers, he'll leave his seats and offer the advice directly to the pitcher in the clubhouse tunnel -- after the player has been removed from the game.

The Wall Street Journal

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October 6, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Excellent work, interns.

October 6, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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Excellent work, interns.

Who can argue with that story?

October 6, 2011  08:58 AM ET

When the master speaks, you listen.

October 6, 2011  09:07 AM ET

Sure, does not get any better. He got the courts to give him a MLB team in bankruptcy court for around $550 million and only around $330 million in cash that wasn't even his money, the other $200 million I guess comes in installments of twenty bucks for the next 1,000 years. And best of all creditors due hundreds of millions only will, maybe someday, get $75 million from the rangers and the rest they have to go after the previous owner for.

Perfect!!!! ( and in any other business probably illegal ).

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October 6, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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Sure, does not get any better. He got the courts to give him a MLB team in bankruptcy court for around $550 million and only around $330 million in cash that wasn't even his money, the other $200 million I guess comes in installments of twenty bucks for the next 1,000 years. And best of all creditors due hundreds of millions only will, maybe someday, get $75 million from the rangers and the rest they have to go after the previous owner for.Perfect!!!! ( and in any other business probably illegal ).

rangers were not in bankruptcy...tom hicks was...rangers dont owe creditors...tom hicks owes em...mlb team was not in bankruptcy..nolan ryan is a godsend for the franchise and for all of baseball...he owns two minor league franchises as well....really a front man for the money guys, but is perfect in his role

October 6, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Perfect!!!! ( and in any other business probably illegal ).

pppppphhhhhhhhfffffffffffffffffttttttttttttttttt ....

try looking what Kmart did when they filed for bankruptcy ... makes this look like chump change ... and nothing is illegal if they courts approved it ... (wink, wink)

October 6, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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I dont like TX Rangers

I hear Merle and Willie singing Pancho and Lefty in the background ...

October 6, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Yep, very good owner....

but where is that guy who was saying Napoli is the best catcher in the bigs???

October 6, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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ohchichiwawa!!!

That song scarey!

has anyone ever figured out who "Lefty" is?

October 6, 2011  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yep, very good owner....but where is that guy who was saying Napoli is the best catcher in the bigs???

ill say it now...whos better?

October 6, 2011  10:13 AM ET

Perfect owner? I guess I'll leave that one up to Ranger fans to decide but I am a huge Nolan Ryan fan and have a nice collection of stuff that he's autographed over the years. Loved watching him pitch even in the later years he was awesome.

October 6, 2011  10:16 AM ET
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ill say it now...whos better?

I'll say it, he's been a back up most of his career and is a career .264 hitter. In his 6th season he's had a great break out season...at age 29. Let's see if it's a flash in the pan.

October 6, 2011  10:19 AM ET
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ill say it now...whos better?

He played 113 games behind the plate this season....which doesn't even qualify him as an everyday catcher.

October 6, 2011  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He played 113 games behind the plate this season....which doesn't even qualify him as an everyday catcher.

again...whos better?

October 6, 2011  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

again...whos better?

In the AL alone Avila and Wieters are both better. unlike Napoli they are actually considered FULL TIME catchers, 141 and 139 games respectively, what a novel idea and they are 4-5 years younger than Napoli. They had the top two WARs among qualifying (meaning full time) catchers in the bigs.

October 6, 2011  11:12 AM ET

The only season Napoli's been a full time catcher was in 2010 when he caught 140 games. In that season he hit an impressive .238 with an equally unimpressive WAR of 2.7.

More so than any other position in baseball, catchers get worn down physically and it takes a toll on their performance with the bat. Sure Napoli hit the cover off the ball this season but also caught about 30 less games than either Avila or Wieters... I think it's pretty accurate to consider what would his performance have been with the additional workload of 30 more games behind the plate?

October 6, 2011  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

In the AL alone Avila and Wieters are both better. unlike Napoli they are actually considered FULL TIME catchers, 141 and 139 games respectively, what a novel idea and they are 4-5 years younger than Napoli. They had the top two WARs among qualifying (meaning full time) catchers in the bigs.

Texas doesn't use a full time catcher as it has been about 130 degrees down on the field for most of July and August and catching wears a player out. Sorry that we have management that realizes that and gets 2 catchers that are good to be behind the plate. Sorry that our part time catcher who missed a month this year or would have qualified also hit 30 HRs. Sorry your team's good catcher is resting on his couch. It's called smart management of good players and we have the best in that department.

October 6, 2011  11:58 AM ET
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The only season Napoli's been a full time catcher was in 2010 when he caught 140 games. In that season he hit an impressive .238 with an equally unimpressive WAR of 2.7. More so than any other position in baseball, catchers get worn down physically and it takes a toll on their performance with the bat. Sure Napoli hit the cover off the ball this season but also caught about 30 less games than either Avila or Wieters... I think it's pretty accurate to consider what would his performance have been with the additional workload of 30 more games behind the plate?

you help make my point. playing a single guy full time at catcher is due to lack of alternatives due to the physical toll taken. neither weiters or avila could come close to bumping napoli if on texas roster right now. even if these two guys played half the innings, they still would not be as good as napoli, so that does not fly. they dont have the talent he does. napoli right now is the best hitter in baseball.

 
October 6, 2011  12:03 PM ET
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Texas doesn't use a full time catcher as it has been about 130 degrees down on the field for most of July and August and catching wears a player out. Sorry that we have management that realizes that and gets 2 catchers that are good to be behind the plate. Sorry that our part time catcher who missed a month this year or would have qualified also hit 30 HRs. Sorry your team's good catcher is resting on his couch. It's called smart management of good players and we have the best in that department.

Interesting, but it didn't seem to hold back Pudge from catching at least 130 games in the vast majority of the season's he was a Texas Rangers catcher.

During the day, sure 130 degrees.... at night not nearly that hot.

Actually my team's catcher is in the playoffs...

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