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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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Good morning.

So, there was some news yesterday, what with the announcement that Nolan Ryan would be stepping down as the team's CEO.  There are lots of stories about that.

Jeff Wilson has a story in the S-T about Nolan Ryan's departure.

T.R. Sullivan has a story on Ryan stepping down.

Anthony Andro has a story on Ryan leaving the Rangers.

The DMN has a story on Ryan leaving the Rangers.

Drew Davison writes about how Ryan's departure will result in changes in responsibilities.

Richard Durrett writes that Ryan leaving leaves no doubt that Jon Daniels is in charge in Texas.

Todd Wills lists five things that will be missed about Nolan Ryan.

Evan Grant writes about how the success of the Rangers and the growth of Jon Daniels as g.m. ultimately marginalized Ryan's role with the team.

Gerry Fraley questions whether the Rangers' new structure, with no CEO, Daniels answering directly to Simpson and Davis, and Simpson and Davis being more involved, will work.

Grant sets out the highlights of the Ryan era in Texas.

Richard Justice has a column about what Ryan has meant to the Rangers, and examining how things got to the point where Ryan opted to leave.

Randy Galloway has a column about this, blaming Ray Davis and Jon Daniels for forcing Ryan out.

Jean-Jacques Taylor has a column in which he invokes comparisons to the Jerry Jones/Jimmy Johnson split.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column in which he states that this resolution ultimately is a good thing for the Rangers.

The S-T has a Ryan career timeline with the Rangers.

Jim Crane, owner of the Astros, says he is "all ears" if Ryan decides he wants to do something with Houston.

In non-Nolan Ryan stuff, Richard Durrett asks, can the Rangers acquire David Price without giving up Jurickson Profar?

Wills asks, how will the Rangers increase the amount of power they have in their lineup?

The power apparently won't come from Jose Abreu, as Evan Grant writes that the Rangers aren't signing him.

And Bob Nightengale has a column, all about how the St. Louis Cardinals are defending the proper values of the game against the disrespectful Dodgers, with quotes from Stan Musial's grandson about how Musial wouldn't think the Dodgers play the game the right way.