Texas Rangers: George Steinbrenner
Rangers GM Jon Daniels: "I never had the chance to meet Mr. Steinbrenner, but growing up in NY, he was the Yankees. People had their opinions of him, but the bottom line is, he stepped up and delivered on what he talked about. You can’t say that about everyone. The franchise and the city is better for it."
OF Josh Hamilton: "He had a huge impact on the game. You hear mixed reports about George if you didn’t know him, but overall, everything I’ve heard as far as ownership-wise is that he’s a competitior, he want to wins. He was important to the game of baseall and hopefully his son will carry that on."
2B Ian Kinsler: "Anytime someone that did as much for an organization, the fan base and the game as he did, it’s always tough to lose someone like that. I think everybody in baseball feels that and recognizes that. I didn’t know the man. But it’s tough to lose someone close to baseball."
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rangers owner Tom Hicks issued a statement about the passing of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner:
“In his own unique style, George Steinbrenner built one of the finest Major League Baseball teams in the league, and he did it with tenacity as well as total allegiance and commitment to put the Yankees in a position to compete every year for a championship. I know the franchise and especially New York baseball fans will miss him greatly. He promised them a winner, and he delivered.”
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.