News Corp. wants to bid on the Rangers now

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There’s a new bidder in the Texas Rangers auction: News Corp., the parent company of FOX and FOX Sports, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  They want a chance to own the team, it appears, in order to protect their broadcasting rights to the Rangers, whose games air on FOX Sports Southwest.

This seems rather ridiculous to me. For one thing — to echo what one of the experts quoted in the article says — it’s the tail kind of wagging the dog, ain’t it? I mean, yes, you want to make sure you keep your broadcast rights, but how is taking on the overhead of a bankrupt baseball team the best way to do that?  Also: doesn’t anyone at News Corp. remember that FOX used to own the Dodgers? And it was a disaster?

Basically, I think the Rangers are the Edwin Jackson of baseball teams: insanely valuable for reasons that no objective person can possibly imagine.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.