Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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It's how-to-act-dumb week for the two leading AL West contenders. The Los Angeles Angels started the silliness by renewing Mike Trout's contract for $20,000 over the minimum salary when they could have avoided any controversy by paying him an extra $100,000. But if the Texas Rangers lose Nolan Ryan as their CEO, they will retire the trophy for short-sightedness and deserve any ridicule they get. I don't know what the heck is going on in Texas. I don't know the exact details of the political in-fighting that may be taking place in the Rangers' organization, and frankly I don't care about such he-said, she-said nonsense. I'll just say this: Shame on the Rangers if Ryan departs thinking that he lost a power struggle. If that is his perception, ownership is guilty, guilty, guilty. Oh, the Rangers would survive just fine without Ryan: They have built a powerhouse organization that went to back-to-back World Series in 2010 and '11 and reached the postseason again in '12, in part due to ...
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