Players weigh in on ownership change

Players weigh in on ownership change

SEATTLE -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and reliever Darren Oliver both had unique reactions to the group led by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg winning Wednesday's auction and getting control of the franchise.

"We're happy we don't have to answer any questions anymore," Kinsler said.

"We're all happy it's over with," third baseman Michael Young said.

"At least I know my owner personally," Oliver said. "And I played with my owner. How many players can say they played with their owner. Nobody in this clubhouse can say that."

Oliver was a rookie in 1993 when Ryan was in his 27th and final season with the Rangers. Now Ryan is the club president and will remain in that position after Greenberg's group held off the challenge of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Houston businessman Jim Crane.

"We all wanted to see Chuck and Nolan's hard work rewarded, and it has been," Young said. "None of us doubt Mark Cuban would be a great owner in baseball, but everybody is happy that Chuck and Nolan get to see this through."

Said David Murphy, "I think it's awesome. Chuck Greenberg is awesome and obviously everybody wanted Nolan to be a part of this team from the beginning. It's the best possible combination."