Apr 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers presidentNolan Ryan
smiles in his seat during the game between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
For the past several years Nolan Ryan has been the face of the Texas Rangers ownership group. While Ryan was at the head of the organization he saw the make a complete turn around with 2 appearances in the World Series. But, over the past 2 seasons there has been an increased tension with Jon Daniels.
As we know, at the end of the 2013 season, Ryan announced is intention for retirement and walked away on October 31. At the beginning of the season, it seemed that was the direction Ryan was heading. Also, to add to the story, back on May 17, 2013 Reid Ryan was introduced as Houston Astros president.
With the retirement of Ryan it was guessed the Jim Crane would try to lure Nolan to Houston also. Recently during a Houston Astros Caravan Jim Crane comment on Nolan Ryan.
"“Actually I’m hoping to talk to Nolan here pretty soon” (Jose de Jesus Ortiz )"
Reid Ryan also commented on the rumors of Nolan Ryan taking a job for the Houston Astros.
"“I don’t think it’s any great secret that I would love to have my dad work with the Houston Astros,” Reid Ryan said. “But it’s really up to Jim and him to figure out if there’s a fit there.” (Jose de Jesus Ortiz )"
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Ryan did take a job with the Astros. He has deep roots in Arlington and probably even deeper in Houston. Also, he played 9 seasons with the Houston Astros and only 5 seasons with the Texas Rangers over is 27 year career. As we know, Ryan is a baseball guy and more than likely he’ll remain in baseball one way or another. He did sell his shares in the Texas Rangers but he does still have part ownership in the Round Rock Express.
Nothing is official yet, but it does seem likely that Nolan Ryan will be getting an offer for a job with the Houston Astros. If I had to guess, he could be on board prior to the start of the 2014 season.