October 4, 2005

GM Hart makes way for Daniels

NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Hart resigned as general manager
of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, paving the way for 28-year-old
Jon Daniels to become the youngest GM in major league history.

The Rangers finished 79-83 this past season in the American
League West division, their third losing campaign in the past
four years.

The 57-year-old Hart enjoyed success in Cleveland before
joining the Rangers, winning six division titles and two
American League pennants in his last seven years with the
Indians, before ending his 10-year tenure there in 2001.

Daniels was the team's assistant general manager last
season under Hart, and is 10 months younger than Theo Epstein
when he was named GM of the Boston Red Sox in November 2002.

In 2002, Daniels joined the Rangers operations department
and became the assistant general manager in 2004.

A graduate of Cornell University, he started his career
working in the Colorado Rockies front office in 2001.

"The management team he (Hart) put in place allows me to
promote Jon Daniels to become the youngest general manager in
major league history," Texas owner Tom Hicks said.

"I am confident in his abilities for the continued growth
of the organization."

Hart will stay with the Rangers as a team consultant, with
Hicks making it clear that it was Hart's choice to retire.