Blake could return.
According to at least one local report, the Rangers will rehire Boston Red Sox vice president/media relations John Blake, who served in various roles for the Rangers from 1984 through 2004, including director of media relations, vice president of public relations, and senior vice president for communications (a title he also held for the Dallas Stars from 1999 through 2003). While his job description is unconfirmed, the report points out that Jim Sundberg had held the position of executive vice president over public relations until his promotion two weeks to senior executive vice president, and that Blake could come in to assume a title similar to the one that Sundberg vacated.
Since leaving the Rangers in 2004, Blake has served as director of information for the World Baseball Classic; commissioner and chief operating officer of the Texas Collegiate League; chief operating officer of the Northern Professional Baseball League; vice president of communications for Ryan-Sanders Baseball, Nolan’s Ryan’s company that operates the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks; and vice president/media relations for the Red Sox, a position he has held for the last three years.
You’ve never seen a more detailed, nugget-packed interview with Jon Daniels than the one that Mike Hindman of the Dallas Morning News just posted at http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/10/q-a-with-rangers-gm-jon-daniels.html.
Josh Hamilton, who made public appearances the last two days to talk about his book, “Beyond Belief,” will appear on the Ticket (1310 AM or http://www.theticket.com/listen.htm) at 8:50 this morning.
Bidding for the two autographed copies of Hamilton’s book closes at 5 p.m. today. Right now we have a $575 bid and two $500 bids, so I’m hoping someone will at least come in with a higher bid than $500 so we can break that deadlock for the second book.
One hundred percent of the two winning bids will go to Triple Play Ministry, which Josh and his wife Katie are starting up this off-season.
To bid, just email me with an amount. You can go here to monitor the status of the bidding all day. I’ll post the top two bids (anonymously — just amounts, not names) every time they change.