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A post-World Series power struggle threatens to throw Rangers for a deep loss

Originally Published: March 21, 2013
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

IF A SINGULAR stone-tablet rule exists in sports, it reads that devastating losses result in devastating consequences. Teams that fail catastrophically do not rebound easily. The price is heavy, often paid over decades. The Rangers know this, and now a soaring franchise is suddenly on the brink, suddenly in danger of again being ordinary.

In 2010 Texas won the AL pennant for the first time, on the heels of securing a reported $3 billion TV deal over 20 years. The ...

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