The Texas Rangers today announced the appointment of John Blake as Executive Vice President, Communications. In that role, Blake will oversee all of the club’s communications efforts, including the areas of media and community/player relations, broadcasting, and publications. He is expected to join the Rangers organization on November 1.
“It is great to have a person of John’s caliber, revered throughout Major League Baseball, return to the Rangers," said team president Nolan Ryan. “John will be involved in a number of initiatives to help promote and enhance the Texas Rangers awareness while working with the members of our talented staff.”
Blake returns to the Rangers where he previously spent 20 years from 1984-2004, after serving as Vice President, Media Relations for the Boston Red Sox since April 2006. In that capacity, he has been responsible for the organization’s publicity efforts and oversees the club’s media services and photography areas.
“I am excited about returning to the Texas Rangers where I spent so many memorable years,” said Blake. “I look forward to the opportunities that this position will present and the chance to work with Tom Hicks, Nolan Ryan, and the entire organization. I can’t wait to get started.”
A veteran of 29 years in major league baseball, Blake served as Media Relations Director, Vice President of Public Relations, and Senior Vice President of Communications in his two decades with the Rangers organization. During his tenure in Texas, he also had communications responsibilities for Southwest Sports Group from 1999-2004 and the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars from 1999-2002.
Blake was with the Baltimore Orioles from 1979-1984 as Assistant Public Relations Director and Media Information Director. He also served as Sports Information Director at Georgetown University from 1977-79 and was a radio broadcaster for the Hoyas’ nationally-ranked men’s basketball team before going to Texas.
Blake has also held positions as Chief Operating Officer of the Northern Baseball League, Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Collegiate Baseball League, and Vice President of Communications for Ryan-Sanders Baseball, where he previously worked with Nolan Ryan. He was the Director of Information for the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.
He was the recipient of the 1993 Robert O. Fishel Award from Major League Baseball for public relations excellence and the 2004 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth BBWAA chapter. Blake was elected to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.
A 1977 graduate of Georgetown, John and his wife Harriet have two children, Christopher (19), who is a sophomore at Texas Christian University, and Rebecca (16).
Source: Texas Rangers