PRESIDENT, BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Jon Daniels is in his 16th season overseeing the Texas Rangers Baseball Operation, the longest tenure in that role in franchise history. He was appointed as the Rangers’ eighth General Manager on October 4, 2005, and was promoted to President, Baseball Operations & General Manager in March 2013.
In December 2020, former Rangers pitcher and MLB Executive Chris Young was hired as Executive Vice President & General Manager to work under Daniels’ leadership in running Texas’ baseball operation.
During Daniels’ tenure, the Rangers have advanced to the Postseason five times in the last 11 years, making him one of seven current Major League Presidents of Baseball Operations/GMs in that period with at least five playoff appearances: 8—Brian Cashman, New York Yankees; 8—Andrew Friedman, Tampa Bay (2) and Los Angeles Dodgers (6); 7—John Mozeliak, St. Louis; 6—Billy Beane, Oakland; 5—Chris Antonetti, Cleveland; 5—Mike Rizzo, Washington.
Daniels also has the most playoff appearances ever for a Texas General Manager (Doug Melvin-3). Texas has recorded consecutive A.L. West Division titles twice in Daniels’ tenure (2010-11; 2015-16).
The Rangers have posted a 1187-1143 (.509) regular season record in Daniels’ 15 seasons leading the Club’s baseball operation. Over the last 12 years (2009-20), Texas has won at least 87 games seven times.
In 2016, the Rangers posted the best record in the American League at 95-67 while leading the A.L. West Division for the season’s final 126 days. The previous year, the Club rallied from a 9.0 game deficit on July 22 to clinch the A.L. West title on the final day of the regular season.
Texas went to the Postseason in three consecutive years from 2010-12 after making just three total playoff appearances in the franchise’s first 49 seasons. With consecutive World Series appearances in 2010-11, the Rangers join the Blue Jays (1992-93), Yankees (1998-2001), and Royals (2014-15) as the only franchises to win back-to-back American League pennants in the last 25 years. Daniels joins Cashman (6), Friedman (3), the Royals’ Dayton Moore (2), and Mozeliak (2) as the only current General Managers to make more than one World Series appearance with his current team.
The Rangers’ accomplishments earned Daniels Baseball America’s 2010 Major League Executive of the Year. He was also selected as the 2011 Major League Executive of the Year by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. In addition, the Rangers were selected as the 2012 Topps Organization of the Year, an award highlighting the Major League team that has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout its Major and Minor League teams. It marked the first time the Washington/Texas franchise has ever been so honored in the 47-year history of the award.
Success at the Minor League level has been a priority for Texas. In 2019, the eight Rangers’ Minor League affiliates combined for a .567 winning percentage, the highest figure among the 30 Major League organizations and the second-best in franchise history. Five of Texas’ affiliates qualified for Postseason play with the Rookie Arizona League Rangers capturing a championship.
During Daniels’ tenure, the organization has stressed a “People First” mentality, prioritizing family, as well as personal development in addition to on-field production. Over the last two years, the organization focused significant time and energy in recruiting well-regarded executives, coaches, analysts and developers.
In addition, Texas has made a major commitment in its player development facilities, completing a state-of-the-art Academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, and a baseball housing and meeting facility adjacent to the organization’s Surprise, Arizona, complex in the last 24 months.
Daniels joined the Texas organization in 2002 as a baseball operations assistant. He was promoted to Director of Baseball Operations in October 2003 and Assistant General Manager in July 2004. He spent the 2001 season working for the Colorado Rockies’ Baseball Operations Department.
At the time of his appointment as Rangers’ General Manager, Daniels was 28 years, 41 days old, the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history.
A 1999 graduate of Cornell University in upstate New York, Jon earned his degree in applied economics and management. He is a native of New York City. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Do It For Durrett Foundation. Jon and his wife, Robyn, established an annual scholarship program for North Texas youth through the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. They also work with non-profit organizations GRACE and Alliance For Children.
Jon and Robyn were married in November 2003. The couple resides in Southlake with their three children.