Texas Rangers: Will Nolan Ryan Replace Chuck Greenberg With His Sons?

Kris HughesCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2011

Will the Ryan family take true ownership control with Greenberg's resignation?
Will the Ryan family take true ownership control with Greenberg's resignation?Pool/Getty Images

As confirmed by multiple reports this morning, including one from the Rangers front-office on Twitter, Pittsburgh-area sports attorney and Texas Rangers managing partner Chuck Greenberg has resigned.

Speculation of his imminent departure began after Greenberg failed to attend management meetings at the Rangers spring training compound in Suprise, Arizona.

Over the past few months, beginning with the botched attempt at re-signing pitcher Cliff Lee, and the turbulent free-agent negotiations with Adrian Beltre, a divide deepened between team president Nolan Ryan and Greenberg over the future direction of the franchise.

Greenberg's aggressive personality and business style appears to be at the core of the decision to part ways with the Rangers and the ownership group led by Ryan.

Could it be that Chuck Greenberg was given the opportunity to be the public face of the Rangers franchise only as a stop-gap measure due to his help in bailing the team out of murky financial waters, and was never intended to have a long-term upper management role?

Did Nolan Ryan and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels have it mind all along to make the Rangers a true family venture, and bring Reid and Reese Ryan into the mix?

This seems very reasonable, if not likely.

Both Reid and Reese Ryan have been building their baseball front office acumen serving as owners of the Rangers' Triple A affiliate, the Round Rock Express and its Double A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Reid and Reese Ryan, along with Jon Daniels, would be one of the youngest managing teams in all of major league baseball.

As Daniels and Theo Esptein have both shown, youth can be a benefit in the daily grind of managing a franchise.

Nolan Ryan made a calculated decision in accepting the Rangers' offer to become the team's president prior to the 2010 season.

It's certain that he did so with a long-term plan in mind.

The big Texan has never done anything with half-hearted effort.

Just ask the batters he mowed down throughout his Hall of Fame pitching career.

Nolan Ryan does things Nolan Ryan's way, and this certainly doesn't include dealing with anyone whose personality doesn't mesh with his.

He is a quiet leader who demands greatness from those around him.

If these qualities have been passed on to his sons, the new Ryan ownership group will lead the Texas Rangers to even greater success in the future.