Greenberg leaves Rangers; Ryan named CEO
Hall of Famer will oversee both baseball, business operations
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There is no doubt or ambiguity about who is running the Rangers right now. Nolan Ryan is in complete control of all areas of the organization and Chuck Greenberg is out completely.Ryan ascended to undisputed boss of the organization when Greenberg resigned Friday as the Rangers' chief executive officer. Greenberg, who put together the ownership group that bought the team from former owner Tom Hicks last summer, is also selling his interest in the team and will no longer be associated with the Rangers. Ryan, who has been club president for three years, will now also carry the title of CEO and oversee both the baseball and business operations. He will report to the Board of Directors for Rangers Baseball Express, led by co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. The announcement was made official in a press conference at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday. Ryan, Simpson and Davis were in attendance. "I'd like to say both to Bob and Ray, thank you for giving me this opportunity and having the confidence in me to fill this role, and I'm looking forward to it," Ryan said. "We're going to stay the course that we have set, which I think is very important. Ray and Bob both said we have some new people that have come on in our organization that are very talented, that I think will help lead us in the direction that we have set. "I am very excited about that. We feel like that, with the team not only that we've put together on the field but also the team we have in the front office, we have positioned ourselves for bigger and better things, and we're quite excited about it." Greenberg's resignation was unexpected and came seven months after the sale of the franchise had been approved by Major League Baseball. The abrupt departure suggests there was significant conflict between Ryan and Greenberg in how the team was being operated. "From Chuck's perspective and mine, we probably had a little difference of opinion in our style, but I don't really want to go into it," Ryan said. "Chuck definitely had a very high passion for baseball."
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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Todd Wills contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.