Are Astros in Nolan Ryan's future?
After six years as the CEO of the Texas Rangers, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is retiring at the end of this month.
The team released a statement on Thursday and also posted it on the Rangers’ Facebook page. Ryan
“This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization,” Ryan said in the statement. “I am extremely proud of what this organization has accomplished. On the field, we have enjoyed great success at the major league level. The fans have supported us in record numbers the last two years and we have been able to upgrade the ballpark and enhance the in-game experience to reward that loyalty.
“We have a group of talented and passionate employees who have helped make this success possible. This organization is in good hands. I am leaving with a lot of great memories from my tenure here and I know the organization will continue to thrive in the years to come.”
In February 2008, Ryan was named the 10th president in Rangers’ history and added the title of Chief Executive Officer three years later. During his time, the Rangers appeared in the club’s only two World Series and have won at least 87 games the last five years, including four straight 90-win seasons, and have the fifth highest winning percentage in the majors.
“Under Nolan’s leadership and guidance over the last six years, the Rangers organization has made enormous strides both on and off the field,” said Rangers Co-Chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. “Nolan has meant so much to this franchise and to our fans. We thank him for his many contributions, including his role in helping to develop one of the finest baseball operations staff in the game.
“Today we turn the page on what we believe is a very bright future for this organization. We wish Nolan all the best.”
Ryan's son, Reid Ryan, is the President of Business Operations for the Astros and released the following statement on his father's retirement on Thursday.
“As his son, I am extremely proud of what he has accomplished as both a player and as a front office executive. He was an integral part of all three of the World Series appearances by Texas teams, in 2005 with the Astros and in 2010-11 with the Rangers.
“He has always treated the game with dignity and respect and has appreciated those that make our game great: the fans, players and employees.”
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig also issued a statement on Ryan's retirement:
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I thank Nolan for his service to the Texas Rangers since 2008, a successful era that has been most memorable to the Club’s fans. During times of significant change for the franchise, Nolan has been a constant – accessible, dedicated and an icon to his fellow Texans who love our game.
“Nolan’s unique perspective as a legendary player and an accomplished executive has been invaluable to the Rangers franchise. I am certain that Nolan will continue to be a great credit to Major League Baseball and an exemplary ambassador for the National Pastime in the state of Texas and beyond.”