Mark Cuban Is Giving Chuck Greenberg A Headache

Mark Cuban, the long rumored savior of the Pittsburgh Pirates, just made the eventual sale of the Texas Rangers very interesting.   Tim Cowlishaw said this:

Throw Cuban into the mix as well. Cuban’s presence gives the lenders the belief that even if they lose the Greenberg/Ryan money and even if Jim Crane can’t get his deal together in time for the Aug. 4 auction, the Cuban money will solve all of their problems.

I talked with Greenberg yesterday and he couldn’t comment on the case beyond his testimony which is to say that the Aug. 12 deadline is a real deadline for many of the investors in his group. They are sick and tired of this process as well.

Greenberg and Cuban are Pittsburgh guys and they know each other and are friendly and all. I wouldn’t say Greenberg is welcoming Cuban into this process, nor should he.

What does any of this mean to Rangers fans?

Nothing good that I can think of. If Cuban can pull off buying the team and keeping Ryan and keeping Jon Daniels, then I am wrong and more power to him.

If I’m a Rangers fan I have to be happy as hell.  The team is doing well and people are lining up with deep pockets to buy the ball club. 

The team is set to contend and has a talented minor league system to back it up.  What’s there to be sad about as a Rangers fan?  Just because Nolan Ryan wouldn’t be an owner?  Really?

The big question for Greenberg and Nolan Ryan is will their cash really run out on August 12 as the article suggests?    I don’t see that happening.  

But I also don’t think Cuban wants to share ownership in anything.    So if you can’t have Nolan would you settle for Cuban?  

I don’t think either owner is going to make that much of a difference.  Nolan Ryan has some pretty interesting ideas he would do as owner and I’m not convinced they make much sense.  Mark Cuban hasn’t bought a much better Mavericks team than when  Ross ‘the Boss’  Perot was in the seat a decade ago.  

In my opinion Chuck Greenberg is the best baseball guy in the mix.   It would be a shame if he doesn’t get to prove it.

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  • Scott

    I love the blog and your Pirate info, but you may want to avoid discussing NBA. The line “Mark Cuban hasn’t bought a much better Mavericks team than when Ross ‘the Boss’ Perot was in the seat a decade ago.” is just plain wrong.

    Prior to Cuban buying the team, the franchise was the worst in sports (seriously, the lowest winning percentage in all of sports for the 90s.) Since Cuban took over, they are one of only four teams in history to 50+ game for 10 straight years … yes, they have not won a title, but they are always a contender.

    OH, and FYI, the Mavs were owned by Ross Perot Jr. (a horrible owner and a bit of a twerp living at his father’s teet), not his better known, presidential candidate father.

    Keep up the great work … Let’s Zgo Bucs

    • Tom Smith

      Thanks for the compliments. Two of my old Army buddies that are Mavs fan say they would like to win just one championship. Always being a contender is great for the owner, but can be awful on the players and fans.

  • marc

    It’s not about Ryan being the owner, it’s about Ryan being in the organization. His pitching philosophies and expectations that pitchers don’t just pitch 6 and they’re gone – has had a profound impact on our staff. Give some credit to Maddux as well, but I want Ryan in the organization with a key role. If anyone but Greenberg or Cuban ends up owning the team, Ryan would likely be gone.

    • Tom Smith

      Good stuff Marc. I can’t say I agree with the philosphy, but Nolan Ryan is a bad ass. It would be very cool if he and Greenberg can pull this thing off before it’s too late.

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