Let the Battle Begin: Mark Cuban Takes on Nolan Ryan for the Texas Rangers

In late May, when the Tom Hicks owned Texas Rangers filed for bankruptcy protection it was clear that the team would soon be up for sale.  Leading up to the trade deadline, the Texas Rangers made waves when they traded for Seattle’s ace lefty, Cliff Lee, despite the bankruptcy proceeding.  Today the team is making waves for a different reason: Texas born ace Nolan Ryan, and a team of investors are engaged in a hot contest with Mark Cuban for ownership of the team.

In the blue corner is Nolan Ryan.  Ryan has a history with the Rangers.  After a stellar career with the New York Mets, California Angels (before they became the oxymoronic Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Houston Astros, Ryan traveled across Texas to end his career with the Rangers.  While a player for the team, Ryan threw two more no-hitters and won his 300th game, cementing his legacy as baseball’s most feared power pitcher of all time.  Since 2008, Ryan has been the Texas Rangers’ president, and as such, he is well attuned to the team’s day-to-day operations.

In the red corner is Mark Cuban.  Cuban, on the other hand, is already the owner of one Dallas team: the NBA’s Mavericks.  Cuban is known for his no-holds barred, outspoken ways and rose to fame for his $5.9 billion sale of Broadcast.com to Yahoo.  In 2008 Cuban led an aggressive, but unsuccessful attempt to buy the Chicago Cubs following the Tribune Company’s bankruptcy.  Some claimed that Cuban made the strongest offer, but failed on account of his controversial mannerisms as an NBA owner.

Let’s see how the two stack up side by side in the Tail of the Tape:[column width=”47%” padding=”6%”]

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban makes faces from the sidelines.

Most impressive stat: Sold Broadcast.com to Yahoo for $5.9 billion  Advantage: Cuban

Biggest smack-down: Dished out a verbal lashing to Kenyon Martin and his mom

Biggest failure: Losing to the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA finals

Most famous non-sports TV moment: An appearance on the popular Dancing with the Stars Advantage: Cuban
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Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan unloads a fastball.

Most impressive stat:    Struck out 5,714 Major League batters

Biggest smack-down:  Nailed then youngster Robin Ventura with a pounding of uppercuts Advantage: Ryan

Biggest failure: Only winning one World Series in a career that stretched 27 years. Advantage: Ryan

Most famous non-sports TV moment: A multi-year stint as the spokesman for Advil.[/column] [end_columns]