He’s not the one who transformed this club’s future by turning a disgruntled and soon-to-leave Mark Teixeira into Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and more.
It’s a little like the Lakers having to choose between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, except in that case the older player has brought them five championship rings. You still go with the younger guy with the future.
In this case, Daniels already has brought more to the Rangers than Ryan. Unlike Ryan, we may never see a giant-sized Jon Daniels battling Sam Houston and Davy Crockett around the diamond in a Rangers’ Legends race (although, frankly, I would pay to see that).
But if you only get to have one set of fingerprints on Rangers baseball moves in coming years, they don’t need to belong to the guy who threw 98 mph fastballs.
Daniels didn’t become one of the game’s best GMs by trading on his status as a Hall of Famer. He learned the ropes in the Colorado front office before coming to Texas and eventually reaching GM status at age 28.
Maybe Ryan will be fine for two or three more seasons, sitting in the front row with Ruth and just enjoying baseball. Regardless, the notion that he’s bound to leave because he’s no longer in charge of what he was hired to do is a flawed one. He changed that the day he engineered Chuck Greenberg’s exit and grabbed the CEO title.
If Rangers must pick between Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan, the choice is clear…
Dallas Morning News | Mar 5