Chuck Greenberg talks.

Some Chuck Greenberg remarks you might enjoy:

“The goal is simple: Win.  Win the division, get through the LCS, get to the World Series and win.  Our intention is to make smart decisions that achieve those goals.  You can’t just throw money out there at things.  But you also can’t win without having the resources to add pieces when you need to.  If there are additional moves that need to be made, we want to be smart about it but we’ll make the moves.  We want to win a championship.”

“If we have a chance to improve the ballclub during the season leading up to the trade deadline, we will be able to make those moves.  Money will not stop us from doing it.”

“In this area, there is a tremendous amount of pent-up enthusiasm for the Rangers that is just waiting to explode.  They may not have a history of World Series championships, but there is a great deal of hope and passion.  With a little help and tender love and care, it can be pushed over the top, and hopefully our group can push it over the top.”

“With all the things the Rangers have done the last few years on the baseball side, the club is poised to have a great future. . . . Hopefully our group can build off that foundation that is already in place.”

“I think it could be one of the great success stories in professional baseball and all of sports.  It’s the perfect opportunity.  The vitality and the quality of life in the DFW area and surrounding communities are tremendous.  It’s a wonderful place to live and do business.”

“To have the judgment and wisdom and personal touch of Nolan Ryan, and the tremendous group that JD has assembled, I think the Rangers on the baseball side are the envy of every franchise in baseball in terms of talent.”

“If they had a Mount Rushmore of baseball in Texas, [Nolan would] be the first face chiseled out. . . . If he had affiliated with any other group, I would have dropped out immediately.  There are 29 other teams out there.  But the Rangers and Ryan belong together.”

“My role is to have great people in positions of authority and to create an environment that enables them and encourages them to be their best, then to let them do their job.  I think on the baseball side, this team is the envy of the baseball world right now.  I won’t inject myself in a way that would interfere with anything.”

“There are certain things I’d like to do give [Rangers Ballpark] a little bit of a facelift.  I think the Ballpark as it is is terrific, but there are things we can do to make it the absolute best.  The absence of a giant video board, with the advent of those amenities in other facilities is one aspect I would really like to look into.  Those things can really help.  That’s something that really jumps to mind.”

“Our job is to make Texas Rangers baseball a compelling, memorable experience.  It starts with having a great team on the field that relates to the community off the field.  We want an organization that is connected to the fans and that is completely obsessed to do everything possible to service our fans’ needs and do everything they want.”

“My colleagues and I have a very similar approach.  We take what we do very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously at all.  We’re going to do whatever it takes to make this work for fans.”

“In this organization, there will be no walls between us and the fans.  One of our most important skills is to be good listeners, and we’re going to do a lot of listening during the season.  We’re going to be adjusting on the fly in 2010, but we’re going to be flying out of the gate in the fall of 2010 going into the offseason and the next season.  Whatever it takes, we will do it.”

Ready for a Michael Young comment about his new teammate, Rich Harden?

“I think he has the best stuff in the league.  I didn’t say some of the best stuff.  I mean the best stuff I’ve seen.  I think the biggest compliment a hitter can give a pitcher is that he can get you out with a fastball at 90 or 91, just like he can at 97.  That’s Rich.  His fastball has so much life that he can beat you even when the velocity isn’t there. . . . He’s got great ability.”

According to Steven Henson of Yahoo! Sports, Dennis Gilbert, who at one time was considered the frontrunner for the ownership transfer, “wasn’t thrilled” by the signing of Harden or the trade of Kevin Millwood.

Even if the rumored deal with the Red Sox to bring Mike Lowell is completed (apparently pending a Lowell physical, which is supposed to take place sometime this week in Arlington), there are reports that Texas might still be interested in free agents Vlad Guerrero, Jim Thome, or Jermaine Dye.

Right-handed-hitting corner infielder Garrett Atkins, considered by some a possible fallback to Lowell given his lengthy history with Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, is reportedly signing with Baltimore.

The Rangers are reported to be among the dozen or more clubs interested in right-handed reliever Mike Capps, non-tendered Saturday by the Pirates.

The Cubs, though they haven’t yet been able to trade Milton Bradley, are reportedly stepping up efforts to sign Marlon Byrd now that Mike Cameron has signed with Boston.

ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reports that Texas was among the 14 teams on hand for 21-year-old Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman’s 10-minute throwing session in Houston on Tuesday.

Righthander Josh Johnson’s agent, Matt Sosnick, told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he expects Florida to trade Johnson before the 2011 season starts.  Marlins general manager Michael Hill has already told reporters that he will not trade Johnson before the 2010 season.

Daniels shot down (1) the local reports that emanated from the Winter Meetings suggesting Texas offered Neftali Feliz and Justin Smoak to Florida for Johnson (“this rumor is completely inaccurate”) and (2) George King’s recent New York Post assertion that Texas has been shopping Josh Hamilton, saying that the Rangers “haven’t had a single [trade] conversation about Josh this winter.”

Daniels added that righthander Tanner Scheppers is penciled in for a season-opening assignment to Frisco, though things could change that plan in camp.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus wrote a feature called “The Top 20 of the New Decade,” and though no Rangers made his list of the top 20 players of the next 10 years, Elvis Andrus and Feliz made the “just missed” list, as did LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo, whom the Rangers drafted in the 11th round in 2007 out of a New Jersey high school but couldn’t persuade not to honor his LSU commitment.  

The great MLB Network is in the midst of a two-month series called “30 Clubs 30 Recaps,” in which it covers a different team each episode and discusses what they need to do to succeed in 2010.  The Rangers segment airs December 22 during the “Hot Stove Live” program from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. Central.

Philadelphia named Mark Parent manager for Low A Lakewood and Donnie Sadler hitting coach for the organization’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League entry.  Arizona named Gil Heredia pitching coach for the rookie-level Missoula Osprey.

A couple notes for tonight’s Book Release Party:

Please fill out the purchase form before arriving – we will have two separate lines at the book table, one for those of you who have pre-paid and another for those who are paying for the books at the party.  Pre-paying will save you some time as far as getting into the autograph line is concerned.

If you are paying tonight, we won’t be set up to take credit cards – just checks or cash.  (The 2010 Bound Edition makes a great holiday gift, I’m told.)

Final details:

WHEN: 6:00-9:00 pm tonight (though you can arrive at 5:00 and probably even earlier)

WHERE: Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub & Grill, 254 Lincoln Square Center in Arlington (few blocks west of the Ballpark, just south of I-30 and west of Collins; ample parking, and a huge party room that we have sole access to) — phone number is 817-226-2300; non-smoking, kids welcome!

GUESTS: Rusty Greer, Ian & Tess Kinsler, Scott Feldman, Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland, and Chris Davis

FOOD: http://www.sherlockspubco.com/Images/Final_Food_Menu.pdf (the party is during Sherlock’s Happy Hour, by the way)

ADMISSION: Free – but the “cost” for getting autographs from our guests is the purchase of a 2010 Bound Edition, which you can pay for now (via PayPal) or at the event.  (The guys will sign your baseballs, bats, cards, etc., too — but you have to have the book to get autographs.)  Limit three autographs per player.

BOOK ORDERING DETAILS:
http://www.newbergreport.com/buythebook.asp (there will be copies for sale at the event; if you prepay or have already done so, I’ll have your order prepackaged for you to pick up when you arrive)

Q&A: Will follow the autograph session.

TOYS: Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will also be at the gathering to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Rangers/Toys for Tots program – which the Kinslers are the team spokespeople for.  It’s not required that you bring toys, but I encourage you to do it.  Please consider supporting the effort to help needy children in North Texas experience the joy of the holidays.

Our private party will be non-smoking.  Kids definitely welcome.

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