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Hamilton: 'Ryan is the face of Ranger baseball'

SEATTLE -- Outfielder Josh Hamilton was asked about the Rangers ownership issue Wednesday and said he knows whoever owns the team will have money to try to keep the team competitive. But in his mind, Nolan Ryan has to remain in his role.

"Nolan Ryan is the face of Ranger baseball and has been for a long time and baseball in Texas, period," Hamilton said. "To have him in it, obviously, would be a great motivation for fans to keep coming out and be a part of the organization that has Nolan leading it and knowing what it takes as a player and being a good businessman."

Hamilton said he hadn't kept much track of the auction and wasn't too concerned about it. That seemed to be the thought of most of the players I talked to Wednesday.