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Texas owner handsomely paid during cutbacks

FORT WORTH, Texas — Rangers owner Tom Hicks was paid a $183,594 salary from the team over a nearly yearlong span that began about the same time some front-office personnel were laid off, according to filings in the team's bankruptcy case.

The court papers filed this week show that Hicks received that salary, plus $14,452 in expenses, from the Rangers from June 15, 2009, through May 24 this year.

Hicks declined comment Wednesday.

In mid June 2009, the Rangers confirmed that some staff members had been fired. That came about two weeks after Hicks first said he was exploring the sale of the team, though team officials said then the cuts amounted to less than 10 percent of the staff of about 275, excluding players and other onfield personnel.

The Rangers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection May 24 in hopes of spurring completion of the sale to a group led by team president Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg, who four months earlier had reached an agreement with Hicks. Creditors have stalled the sale over concerns about the financially strapped Hicks Sports Group.

According to court papers, Hicks received the salary as chairman of the board and CEO of Texas Rangers Baseball Partners, the Hicks Sports Group subsidiary that operates the baseball team. Hicks had received a salary in the past, but the amount of those payments was not part of the most recent filing.

LA RUSSA BACKS ARIZONA LAW: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he supports Arizona legislation calling for tougher enforcement against illegal immigrants.

Opponents of the law have called for Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of the state. La Russa, a Tampa native who lives in northern California, said Arizona has a problem that the national government has failed to remedy.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed a state law in April requiring police officers to question a person's immigration status if there's reasonable doubt they might be in the country illegally.

CLEMENS VS. CLEMENS: Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens still has shutout stuff. Only this time, he was trying to let the guys take him deep — especially his son, Koby, who was among six batters who took 0-fers against the Rocket, 47, in the Texas League Home Run Derby.

CIVIL RIGHTS GAME: The Braves will host the game in 2011-12, team president John Schuerholz announced. No dates or opponents are set for the games, to be played during the next two regular seasons. The 2009-10 games were in Cincinnati.

ALL-STAR UMPS: Mike Reilly, in his 34th season as a major-league umpire, will serve as the crew chief for the All-Star Game July 13 in Anaheim, Calif.

CARDINALS: RHP Chris Carpenter, who took a line drive off his pitching arm Monday, threw a normal bullpen session and said he expects to make his next scheduled start Saturday.

D'BACKS: LHP Dontrelle Willis is headed to the bullpen after walking 13 batters over his past two starts. RHP Barry Enright is expected to replace him in the rotation.

DODGERS: LF Manny Ramirez is scheduled for an MRI exam on his injured right hamstring during today's day off. Ramirez strained his hamstring in Tuesday's game.

MARINERS: CF Franklin Gutierrez left the game against the Yankees after the first inning because of an upset stomach.

METS: SS Jose Reyes left the field during batting practice and was scratched with what a team spokesman described as lower back stiffness.

RED SOX: 2B Dustin Pedroia, out six weeks with a broken left foot, took grounders while on both knees to try to keep his arm in shape.

TIGERS: LH reliever Fu-Te Ni, who had a 6.65 ERA in 22 games, was sent to Triple-A Toledo.

Texas owner handsomely paid during cutbacks 06/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 7:32pm]
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