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Nolan Ryan’s son, Reid Ryan, named president of the Astros

May 16, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT


UPDATE: It’s official. Reid Ryan is the new Astros president.

8:23 AM: Astros team president George Postolos stepped down the other day. Here’s a delicious rumor: he could be replaced by Nolan Ryan’s son. The report from MyFoxHouston:

FOX 26 Sports has learned Reid Ryan, son of Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, is being strongly considered by the Houston Astros to become the team’s next president … Ryan, 41, is the president and CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball, Inc., which controls the Round Rock Express, a Triple-A franchise near Austin, and the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.

Father is the CEO of the Rangers, son could be the president of the Astros? This is all so … medieval. Maybe the Angels or Mets could hire Ryan’s wife and we could see some weird clan war unfold.

  1. apmn - May 16, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Only if he signs his dad to pitch. He could probably still slot in as a number three starter in the Astros rotation.

  2. digitaldonnie - May 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Game of Thrones Texas edition. If so whos the dwarf?

    • stex52 - May 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      Jim Crane, present owner of the Astros. Ask me a hard question.

      • danielcp0303 - May 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Jim Crane is obviously Tywin Lannister.

    • beefytrout - May 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      The winning percentage of the Astros.

  3. stex52 - May 16, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I don’t know much about Reid except I think he is the one who washed out at University of Texas as a pitcher because he refused to listen to coaches. (Sounds like a Ryan).

    If he is in line for the CEO job, it is probably because the Round Rock and Corpus Christi franchises would be instrumental to the Astros re-establishing their regional following. They still have the Hooks, but they lost the Express to the Rangers when Nolan signed on.

    You’re right, Craig. It does sound kind of medieval.

    • sisisisisisisi - May 16, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Stop spreading lies
      He went to TCU and was drafted by the Rangers in 1994

      • schim23 - May 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Reid went to UT then transferred to TCU after a year as a Longhorn. Just sayin…

      • stex52 - May 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Thanks for the backup. I knew I remembered it, but I was too lazy to check.

      • chj0912 - May 17, 2013 at 3:42 AM

        Backup? The only evidence is that Reid Ryan initially went to UT and decided to transfer. No evidence in the record that he “washed out” at UT or “refused to listen to coaches”. College athletes transfer all of the time. No big deal. Of late TCU has had better baseball teams than UT. After TCU, young Ryan was drafted by the Rangers, and made it to Class A advanced (Visalia Oaks) and retired. Nothing unusual about that either.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Wow, what an…honor?

  5. schim23 - May 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    sisisisisisisi – Read this article about Nolan and Reid to get your facts. Reid pitched in only 2 games his freshman year at UT then transferred to TCU. He was drafted in 1994 by the Rangers, that part you are correct on.

    • chj0912 - May 17, 2013 at 3:55 AM

      schim23 – There is nothing in the article you referenced that said “Reid pitched in only two games his freshman year at UT”. The only thing it said about Nolan Ryan and his son is “Ryan’s involvement with TCU increased in 1991-92 when his oldest son, Reid, transferred from the University of Texas”. That’s it.

      Furthermore, the article you cited is nothing more than an unofficial TCU fan blog. It is not from a recognized news source or the TCU or UT athletic dept. In fact it says: “OnLine with the Horned Frogs is an unofficial TCU sports page designed to provide sports information to alumni and Frog fans around the world. This site is not recognized by, nor should be associated with, in any way, the official web site of Texas Christian University”.

      Not exactly a reliable source of “facts”.

  6. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Just when you thought that maybe they were turning a corner, they go out and do this, hire a guy to a very serious position, because his daddy was Nolan Ryan.

    No sympathy at all for this franchise.

    • stex52 - May 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      In fairness to the Astros – something I’m admittedly not very good at anymore – I think they at least do have the goal in mind of getting those two minor league franchises solidly in the fold. And, for long term regional marketing, that will be important.

      But otherwise……………………………what can I say?

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        And to do that they hand over the roll of Team President?
        I guess Astros fans should hope that’s the case and that Ryan will have no power or influence outside getting those specific things done?

        Otherwise, they have someone completely unqualified serving as Team President.

        Like I said, absolutely no sympathy for this franchise. Of course this is the same team that for some reason didn’t fire a coach who thinks he’s allowed to run pitchers to the mound without ever facing a batter. I mean seriously, how can you continue to employ a guy who doesn’t understand simple baseball rules?

      • stex52 - May 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        I already dealt with that question. I checked.

        There is no IQ test for manager.

      • stex52 - May 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        And, if the model is as you say, he wouldn’t be much different from his father at the Rangers.

        I hope you don’t think I was saying that this is a good move.

      • paperlions - May 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Well, Nolan is CEO of the Rangers and he’s really just a figure head (which is pretty much all he is qualified to do in a FO). Titles are just that….just because you have one, doesn’t mean you wield power.

      • stex52 - May 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        To which I would reply that they have desperate needs at CEO, many of which I listed the other day and need to be addressed.

        1. Cable deal.
        2. Better radio broadcast deal.
        3. Public relations nightmares with their majority owner.
        4. Minor league situation in flux.
        5. Recovery from the major front office fiascos of the previous CEO.
        6. A generally perceived rumbling in the organization ranks about the direction the GM has taken.

        A figure head is not what they need. A competent executive is.

      • historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Well, they could leave OKC alone…

  7. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    So, Craig, where’s your article grossly overhyping the Verlander/Darvish duel tonight? You know, the one that gaurantees that one of the pitchers either is way off his game or leaves the game due to a sore pinky, resulting in a terrible game. C’mon! It’ll be game time before you know it!! 😉

  8. coryfor3 - May 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    The qualifications for that job posting must have been interesting. I know Reid has been running a couple of minor league teams (a position he could now be in unless he was included in the ownership group of dad) and that’s about it. Talk about finding your way….Better give Nolan a nice Father’s Day gift.

  9. bbk1000 - May 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM


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