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March 01, 2013

Rangers promote Jon Daniels to president of baseball operations/GM

In a late afternoon press release, the Rangers have announced that general manager Jon Daniels is now the president of baseball operations and Rick George is the president of business operations.

Daniels will keep his GM duties, and he and George will report to CEO Nolan Ryan.

"Under Nolan Ryan's leadership over the last five years, the Rangers organization has made enormous strides both on and off the field," Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis and Bob Simpson said in the release.

"On the baseball side, Nolan has helped Jon Daniels develop into one of the game's top executives. Off the field, Rick George has worked with Nolan to find new ways to drive growth and to make sure our fan experience is among the best in baseball. These promotions not only reflect the day to day responsibility Nolan has assigned to Jon and Rick, but also the terrific job they have done. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and talented leadership team, led by Nolan, that puts our fans first and is committed to winning."

Daniels is entering his eighth season as general manager, and the Rangers have gone from last place in 2007 to the playoffs the past three years. George, hired by Chuck Greenberg shortly after the Ryan-Greenberg group won the courthouse auction to buy the Rangers, has been on the job since 2010.

-- Jeff Wilson


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