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Davis, Simpson to continue as low-key counsel

Davis, Simpson to continue as low-key counsel

Davis, Simpson to continue as low-key counsel
ARLINGTON -- Ray Davis and Bob Simpson have been the quiet co-chairmen of the Board of Directors of the Rangers, remaining in the background as Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg received most of the leadership attention during the franchise's run to its first World Series in 2010.

With Greenberg's resignation Friday as the Rangers' chief executive officer, and Ryan's promotion as CEO of baseball and business operations for the organization, the mostly invisible money men of Rangers Baseball Express LLC made a rare appearance at a press conference as the team announced the changes.

So, naturally, Davis and Simpson were asked if they will be seen more in the future, now that Greenberg, oft in front of the cameras, is gone.

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"Neither Bob or I expect ever to do another press conference," Davis said.

That statement shouldn't seem too surprising. Throughout last spring and summer's saga of Ryan and Greenberg trying to complete their group's purchase of the club, the names of Ray Davis and Bob Simpson didn't become well known until the drama hit a crescendo in a Fort Worth, Texas, bankruptcy courtroom in August.

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So both are basically unknowns to baseball fans who don't also follow Texas business news. Both are well known in oil and gas sectors. Simpson is the founder of XTO Energy; Davis is director of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

And they'd like to keep it that way. Simpson promised Friday that Ryan will run the day-to-day operations of the Rangers, and he and Davis will be there to offer wise counsel.

"We would like to lend our guidance as seasoned executives, with advice and counsel in the direction of the ownership and support of our executives," Simpson said. "But not be involved in day-to-day operations, but more as supportive and wise counselors with a little experience to offer."

Neither Davis nor Simpson seemed to be concerned with losing Greenberg, who was something of a master promoter, often making himself available to fans and media. Both men said this was not about Greenberg becoming too visible.

"This wasn't about one person being too visible over another person, and personality conflicts had nothing to do with that," Davis said. "Chuck did an excellent job of going out and being in the community and working with the fan base and working with the media."

Davis said he and Simpson have faith in Ryan and those working under him that they will be able to make up for the good will that Greenberg gained from the Rangers' fan base.

"As Nolan said, we have been blessed with some strong people that were already with the organization, and some new people that we brought in," Davis said. "So we're very comfortable."

Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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