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Nolan Ryan will remain the Rangers’ CEO

Apr 10, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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There has been speculation over the past several weeks that Nolan Ryan might leave his executive post with the Rangers. Ryan felt like his role was being diminished and that he no longer had much say in club decisions. But all is suddenly well.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Ryan agreed Wednesday to “stay with the club for the foreseeable future.” He will retain the title of CEO and general manager Jon Daniels will serve as the Rangers’ president of baseball operations. Rick George will be president of business operations.

Recent reports suggested that Ryan was fully prepared to leave, but that could have been a negotiating tactic. The 66-year-old Hall of Famer has been a member of the Texas front office since 2008.

Here’s the official press release from principal owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson:

“We’ve had meaningful conversations with Nolan Ryan over the past several weeks and are pleased that our focus is now on working together to win a championship for our fans. Over the years Nolan has made extraordinary contributions to the Texas Rangers organization, both on and off the field, including providing valuable guidance to Jon Daniels and Rick George. His leadership as our chief executive — with both baseball and business operations reporting to him — has been vital to our success and offers us a bright future.”

And a short written statement from Ryan, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

“After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward. In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership and with Jon Daniels and Rick George to build on the success of the past five years and to bring a championship to Arlington.”

The Rangers lost 2-0 to the Rays on Wednesday afternoon and are 6-3 on the young season.

  1. smorrow66 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    The Masters starts tomorrow, the Rangers are of to a great start. The Angels stink and Hamilton stinks and Nolan is staying!

    All is right with the world.

  2. wpjohnson - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Nolan Ryan gives the Rangers a level of class that is needed. Losing him would seriously damage the franchise.

  3. yahmule - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I’m glad Nolan was able to swallow his pride and accept his status as an impotent figurehead.

    • miketreedy - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      This has nothing to do with swallowing his pride. That’s a very dumb take on this. You should swallow your pride and stop posting such BS.

      Ryan is a guy that has always wanted to be the man with the ball in his hand. The owners must have convinced him that he will still have a very important role in the organization or he would have left to do something else. Very glad he is staying because he is a huge reason for the Rangers success over the past 5 years.

    • stex52 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      That was bad, Yah. I like it.

  4. sisisisisisisi - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 13arod - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    hamotain does not suck you better take that back

  6. nagrommit - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    He still will have to ask Jon Daniels permission to use the restroom.

  7. dirtydrew - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Nolan Ryan is a steroid user.

  8. badintent - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Hell yeah he stays !

  9. tellyspop - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I am all for dis. Nolan Ryan and his high hard hummer still with the Rangers. Who doesn’t love a good hummer in the front office.

  10. thesmedman - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Translation: we could not agree on a buyout amount.

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