Since titles in the Rangers’ organization were adjusted last Friday, the question that lingers is how exactly is “power” allocated throughout the organization?
In other words, who ultimately makes the decisions?
Top shareholder Bob Simpson, the one membership of ownership who has spoken on the matter, said to his hometown newspaper that Nolan Ryan is “still in charge.” General manager and new President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels has indicated that nothing, in his mind, has really changed even as he’s added a title. Beyond a statement attributed to him in which he congratulated Daniels and Business Operations President Rick George on their promotions, Nolan Ryan, who some are perceiving as the “loser” in this new setup, hasn’t said anything.
It’s important to know who has the ultimate responsibility for decisions in the organization. But before you can determine if that has changed, one thing must be determined: Who had the ultimate responsibility for decisions in the past?
The answer: Moves were made by consensus.
Ryan never signed a player or made a trade. He didn’t talk with other GMs or, for the most part, agents. The biggest hire he made unilaterally was Director of Player Development Tim Purpura. It hasn’t really shaken the organization in one or another. Purpura does his thing, reports to Daniels as part of the baseball operations department and the minor league system largely continues to operate as it once did.
When there was a truly major organizational decision to be made, it was made by consensus. We’re talking along the lines of investing in the likes of Yu Darvish or in making a contract proposal to Josh Hamilton. It was made with Daniels and his inner circle formulating the idea, taking it to Ryan and Ryan passing on recommendations to Simpson and co-Chairman of the Board Ray Davis. In some cases, Ryan would meet with Simpson and Davis and present the plan and they would decide for the board of directors if it was a prudent move to make. In some cases, particularly those where Ryan and Daniels may not have been in agreement, Ryan would commission a meeting for Daniels with Simpson and Davis.
This is how the Darvish deal started. Ryan had some initial reservations, but thought Daniels and his staff should be heard out and put together meetings for them with both of the big dollar guys. When the impressive presentations were finished, the entire group decided to go forward on Darvish and ended up landing the pitcher. It was not done in a vacuum.
On the subject of who has the power in the Rangers’ organization
Dallas Morning News | Mar 6