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Nolan Ryan offers an amorphous statement about his role with the Rangers

Mar 11, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

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The buzz a week ago around Rangers camp was that Nolan Ryan was considering leaving the team after his title of team president was given to Jon Daniels and Rick George to share, leaving Ryan as a team CEO without much apparent executive authority. It’s been fairly quiet on that front this past week, but yesterday Nolan Ryan released a statement about his future intentions:

“Over the last week, Ray Davis, Bob Simpson, and I have been in discussion and met in-person. The conversations have been productive, and we have discussed my role as CEO of the organization. We agreed these discussions will continue as we go forward. I am very proud of what the Rangers have accomplished over the last several years, and I believe our preparations for upcoming season are what is important.”

So: discussions were had and either nothing came of them or I’m simply not telling you what happened. And I am offering nothing about how long I intend to stay with the team.

Call me crazy, but that’s the statement of a man getting ready to bolt.

  1. wpjohnson - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    The Rangers need Nolan Ryan much more than he needs the Rangers. It would be a serious mistake for the frnchise to let him go. Daniels, on the other hand, must have some dirt on the owners. It is obvious that his performance in recent months is less than competent.

    • zzalapski - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Less than competent? Like trading an aging, overrated, bellyaching “infielder” for anything more than a bag of baseballs? Or signing an outfielder who doesn’t project to age well to a crippling long-term deal?

      • wpjohnson - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Is that really the best you can cite. How has he improved the chances of the Rangers to beat out the Angels and the Athletics? The chances of the Rangers of 2013 are diminished from the ;last three years. Daniels should be held as the responsible party. He has been out maneuvered in all his efforts this off season. Fact is fact.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Didn’t Daniels make/authorize the following trades:

        Volquez for Hamilton
        Teixeira for Andrus, Feliz, and Harrison
        Traded Smoak, Matt Lawson, Blake Beaven and Josh Leuke for Cliff Lee

        Seems like he’s done a lot to better the team. But yeah, let’s judge him on one off-season.

    • paperlions - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      You are completely correct….except for the fact that everyone in the Rangers organization knows that Daniels and assoc. deserve the lion’s share of the credit for the success and direction of the baseball operations, including Ryan, who has stated as much publicly. No one is saying that Ryan has not been or won’t continue to be a valuable contributor, but his contributions have been secondary to those of Daniels….which is why the Rangers are doing whatever they have to in order to keep him and his group from leaving for promotions in other organizations.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      can Nolan Ryan pitch?
      hit the road Nolan.

  2. Rich Stowe - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    If Ryan walks, will it to his MLB career record for walks?

    • Rich Stowe - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      *add to his MLB…

    • pellypell - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      This joke was foul. Horrible delivery.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    This sounds a lot like the statement that directly precedes a team statement that the individual in question has left to “pursue other opportunities.”

  4. mybrunoblog - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Thanks Nolan that was a useless statement. I hate when people make statements and use terms like “going forward” or moving forward”. I don’t know much about physics or linear time movement but I’m pretty damm sure none of us are moving backward. Ain’t no going backwards in this life folks.

  5. coloradogolfcoupons - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Ryan is mad, no doubt about it. But life goes on. I think every effort needs to be expended to keep him, because the fans have a real-life legend to cherish, like Musial in St Louis. It will be a PR nightmare if they let him walk, so the money-bags had better loosen the purse strings and make him an offer he can’t refuse. I think it was wise to offer promotions to everyone in the FO, because they have built a helluva club, but Nolan is an awesome figurehead for any franchise and they have to find a way to satisfy him enough to stay on board.

  6. iamjimmyjack - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    He gone!

  7. iamjimmyjack - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    When Greinke almost signed with Texas, it wasn’t because Jon Daniels impressed him. It was because Nolan Ryan impressed him. No they didn’t get zack, but Nolan Ryan will do more to attract future free agents than anything Jon Daniels can do.

  8. dirtydrew - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Time for MLB’s greatest steroid user, to leave the stage. Nobody cares. His use of PED’s is the only article I want to read when it comes to Nolan Ryan, unless it is a recap on Will Clark’s first career at bat home run off Roiden’ Ryan.

  9. thesmedman - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Translation: we haven’t agreed yet on a buyout amount.

  10. rohlo - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    if he leaves he will go right over to the astros again! where he should have stayed!

  11. Phil - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    I think he enjoys what he’s doing too much to leave now. It’s just getting interesting

  12. johnb1990 - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    No question…office politics-speak

  13. grumpyoleman - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Nice job calling Ryan a steroid user without an ounce of proof or reasoning why anyone should believe you

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