It didn't take long for Chuck Greenberg to become a visible figure for the Texas Rangers, buying the team in a dramatic bankruptcy court showdown and then taking on the role of CEO and managing partner before the team's first World Series.
On Friday, seven months after his investment group bought the team, the American League champion Rangers abruptly announced that Greenberg was leaving the organization. The move came three weeks before the season opener.
Growing differences between the charismatic CEO, team president Nolan Ryan and board co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson had been an ongoing issue out of the public eye.
“In reality, management styles and chemistries sometimes don’t fit together. That was the situation with Chuck and the board and Nolan,” Davis said. “Chuck made a huge contribution, and we wish him all the best success in the world in whatever he endeavors to do.”
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YOGI BACK IN SWING
Yogi Berra was fast – with a quip, anyway.
A day after the 85-year-old Hall of Famer tripped and fell in the clubhouse while going to get a bowl of soup, Berra was at the ballpark Friday for the New York Yankees’ game against Atlanta.
“I didn’t like the soup,” Berra said.
Berra, a spring training instructor, caught one of his sneakers on the carpet Thursday at Philadelphia’s complex. He went by ambulance to the hospital as a precaution after landing on his backside and was released about four hours later.
Colorado right-hander Aaron Cook fractured bones in the ring finger on his throwing hand and will be out indefinitely. Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts, sidelined this week because of back spasms, will have an MRI exam today. Left-hander Ricky Romero will be the Toronto Blue Jays opening day starter just two seasons after barely making Toronto’s roster. Romero was No. 2 in the rotation last season behind Shaun Marcum, who has been traded to Milwaukee. Atlanta minor-league manager Luis Salazar is still recovering at an Orlando, Fla.-area hospital from facial injuries after being hit by a foul ball. Doctors were evaluating injuries to Salazar’s left eye on Friday.