Spring training drama? Texas knows it well

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The stunning news that Chuck Greenberg is out of the organization is only the latest chapter in a book full of spring training craziness the last two seasons (really, this club seems to have something crazy every year, but we'll focus on the last two years for this blog entry).

"What would a Texas Rangers spring training be without drama?" David Murphy asked Friday.

Here's a quick recap of the major storylines last two years at spring training:


* Ron Washington's failed drug test comes to light in the middle of spring training. Washington admits his mistake, has a meeting with his team and faces the media as his team watches around the conference room at Surprise Recreation Campus. They vow to support their manager and not allow it to become a distraction.

* Utility infielder Khalil Greene never reported to camp as he dealt with social anxiety disorder. The Rangers spent the spring searching for a utility infielder before Andres Blanco emerged.

* Second baseman Ian Kinsler suffers a high ankle sprain in what was supposed to be a harmless spring training drill. He misses the first month of the season.

* C.J. Wilson is converted from reliever to starter, earning the job with a strong camp despite many figuring he wouldn't be able to do it. He goes on to win 15 games.

* Chuck Greenberg was telling folks that his group would own the team sometime in April. That didn't happen until an auction in August.


* A month before spring training started, Nolan Ryan was saying how much he was looking forward to a "normal" spring training. Oh well. Before the club ever arrived in Surprise, the Michael Young drama took center stage. Young has demanded a trade and the club says it will try to make that happen. So far, Young remains in camp (and is tearing the cover off the ball and doing his job) as the Rangers have said they will only trade Young if it makes the team better.

* Adrian Beltre, the club's major free-agent signing this offseason, has still not played in a game thanks to a Grade I calf strain. The team isn't worried and expect Beltre to play in a game next week. Still, it wasn't the kind of start to the spring that the club wanted.

* And on Friday came word that Greenberg was out. Ryan flew back to Dallas to participate in the news conference with co-chairs of the board Bob Simpson and Ray Davis. The players have vowed that it won't impact what they're doing. The good news: They are certainly used to distractions and learned last year how to deal with them.

What drama will we have next? After all, there's still three weeks until Opening Day.