The Texas Rangers are for sale. Creditors want their money and owner Tom Hicks is giving in. Right now, there are three groups that have revealed interest in making the purchase, including Dennis Gilbert, who is currently a special assistant to the owner of the Chicago White Sox. He is also a Senior Partner at Gilbert-Krupin, an insurance and estate planning firm that he co-founded. But what we care about is that Gilbert was once a sports agent…a very successful sports agent.
In 1993, Gilbert was sharing headlines with Scott Boras in publications like Sports Illustrated. He was able to achieve record breaking deals for clients whose names you have heard a few times before: Bobby Bonilla, Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds. He also represented George Brett.
Beverly Hills Sports Council (BHSC) still exists today, and over a decade ago, Gilbert was the head honcho at the agency. He started the company with Jeff Borris and Rick Thurman, who along with Danny Lozano and Dan Horwitz, are still in charge of BHSC today. And Gilbert did not pay much attention to the draft. He left that chore for Scott Boras to handle, a competitor of Gilbert’s, who was even loathed by owners back then, sixteen years ago. Boras used and continues to use a claiming negotiating approach, while Gilbert was known by owners as someone who could create value for both sides in a cooperative style.
In 1999, Gilbert retired and put his sports agent hat in his closet. Immediately, he took on his current role of special assistant to Jerry Reinsdorf.
In 2002, Gilbert funded a baseball field in South Central L.A. that cost $1.5 million to build (now the home to MLB’s RBI Youth Program). That is pennies compared to what he will have to pay to own the rights of the much larger Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.