Bud Selig: Rangers' rise 'is remarkable'


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that he had no idea the Texas Rangers would go from bankruptcy to an American League contender so quickly.

"Are you kidding? I would have been under too many hot showers if I thought they'd be where they are today," Selig said when asked about the club at a meeting of the Baseball Writers Association of America prior to the All-Star Game. "I knew things where in place there, but this is unprecedented and it's remarkable."

It was just two years ago in Anaheim that Selig was asked at the same pre-All-Star Game meeting about the court proceedings with the Rangers and whether the league would find a suitable solution. One month later, the group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan won the bidding process in bankruptcy court in Fort Worth. Greenberg is no longer with the club and Ryan is the CEO.

The Rangers went to the World Series later that season, losing to the San Francisco Giants. They went back to the World Series in 2011, losing in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals after being a strike away from the title twice in Game 6. Texas is among the favorites to return to the Fall Classic this year.

The Rangers are on pace to welcome around 3.4 million fans into Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season and have already shattered their previous sellout records.

"Not only have they built a great organization, but (they are) drawing well," Selig said. "They are one of the great success stories. No question about it."