Crane wants Nolan; ball in Ryan's court

Crane wants Nolan; ball in Ryan's court
February 1, 2014, 9:45 pm
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CSNHouston Staff

It's no secret. Astros owner Jim Crane wants Nolan Ryan to work for his team.

Now, it's up to the Hall of Famer.

"We had great meeting with Nolan," Crane said on Saturday. "Jeff talked to him he visited with Reid (Ryan), myself, we are just trying to put some parameters around what he might be interested in working with us on. He's thinking that over and hopefully he’ll be back to us pretty soon, but the ball is in his court. We want him. We’d love to have him. We think hed be a great addition to the organization."

Ryan, 67, retired as Rangers president in October. He held that position since 2008 and helped rebuild a team that went to consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011.

Houston would seemingly be a good fit for Ryan, whose son Reid is Astros president of business operations.

But if Nolan Ryan joins the Astros, what would his role be?

"We're Still working on that," Crane said. "He would probably advise us on all aspects of the business. He's been at it a long time certainly a lot of experience on the field, confirming some of Jeff's decisions and working with Jeff on the baseball side."

Crane said Ryan came to a game last season and Ryan told him the speakers in the stadium weren't very good. So the Astros changed the speakers.

"He was right," Crane said. "You couldn’t hear very well; they are much better now. He picks up on stuff like that and has a lot of experience so we would just drawn on his experience."