John Blake’s philosophy in public relations leads him into Rangers’ Hall of Fame

The Rangers’ executive vice president of public affairs received a video tribute from Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush and others.

Public relations guys help create Hall of Fame legends; they don’t become Hall of Fame legends.

Then again, there aren’t many John Blakes.

The Rangers’ executive vice president for public affairs, who has been with the team in various communications roles for 34 of the last 38 years, was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame that he helped create Saturday. He has walked the delicate line between being a club spokesman and fostering working relationships with media outlets with grace.

Among the tribute videos to Blake, who was introduced by Tom Grieve, were salutes from Nolan Ryan, Elvis Andrus, Ron Washington and Pres. George W. Bush.

Noting the revolutionary change in his side of the industry that social media has brought, Blake said: “My philosophy in working with the media remains the same: to be fair and honest and to be helpful while always keeping in mind the best interests of the Texas Rangers. At times that can be a delicate balance and I hope I’ve done that successfully more often than not.”

Blake also lamented the distance that the pandemic has created between Rangers and fans.

“We have lost that personal connection between players and fans,” he said. “We have got to work to get that back.”

Briefly: SS Corey Seager tied his career high with his 26th home run in the fifth inning. There are 49 games remaining in the season. … RHP Josh Sborz reported no issues a day after taking a liner off the upper arm.

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