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The Astros introduce Reid Ryan as their new president

May 17, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

Ryan Crane

Hail to the chief:

Reid Ryan’s tenure as president of the Astros began Friday, when Houston announced that the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan would take over the role vacated by George Postolos … Ryan, previously the president and CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, had been running the Triple-A Round Rock Express (Rangers) and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, both of which are owned by Nolan Ryan and Houston businessman Don Sanders, though the Astros also announced on Friday that they’ve reached an agreement to purchase the Corpus Christi club from Ryan-Sanders.

I think that last bit about the Astros buying one of Ryan’s minor league teams is most interesting. Makes one wonder if, once its affiliation with the Rangers has expired, the Astros will go back to being an Astros affiliate, as it was between 2005-10.  Given the recent trend of big clubs moving their farm teams closer to home, this could be part of a larger effort of the Astros to try to grow the brand farther north. Meanwhile, the Rangers have done stuff like hold exhibition games in San Antonio.

So clearly we’re in for a Texas civil war soon.

  1. rohlo - May 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    “I think that last bit about the Astros buying one of Ryan’s minor league teams is most interesting. Makes one wonder if, once its affiliation with the Rangers has expired, the Astros will go back to being an Astros affiliate, as it was between 2005-10. ”

    Do you guys even proof read your articles when you write them????? “astros going back to being an astros affiliate”????

    first you dont mention corpus christi (as astros) after mentioning round rock (as rangers)..then even though we know who our affiliations are,you dont mention which affiliation ending with the rangers(which would be the express) could lead to the express(not astros) going back to being an astros affiliation… which i think is what will happen!

    how do you all get jobs as writers/bloggers??????

    • eightyraw - May 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Your question mark key appears to be sticking.

      • rohlo - May 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        u wanna point out ?’s when the article is poorly written! if i wasnt an astros fan i wouldnt have any idea what affiliates he was talking about. aren’t you captain obvious !

      • forsch31 - May 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Practice what you preach, rohlo. Something about glass houses….

        Also, writers have always needed editors to avoid blunders like that sentence. Bloggers don’t have editors.

    • apmn - May 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Craig’s dad is Nolan Calcaterra, president of NBC Sports.

      • rohlo - May 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        good one!

  2. paperlions - May 17, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    If working for your dad doesn’t qualify you to be president of an MLB club, well, I just don’t know what does.

  3. halladayslabia - May 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Nolan threw hard. That is his extent of expertise on anything in life. I can’t believe the Ryan’s keep getting jobs based on how hard he threw 30 years ago. Anyone who has ever heard this inbred speak knows he’s part hillbilly and part farm tool. On farms, they call these animals mules, or less formally “Asses”. Asses are incapable of reproduction, and Reid didn’t throw very hard, so I can only assume Nolan is a cuckold. Reid was still raised by Ryan, and likely speaks with the same redneck drawl. Reid’s father “Uncle” is likely owed a favor by someone pretty powerful. Only nepotism or blackmail would allow a hillbilly like this to ever wear a suit to work, and not a set of corn pickin’ overalls. Take that Advil and Git R Dun Ryan family.

    There is this old Texas saying. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on,…..shame on……see if you fool me once, you can’t fool me again.

    • BPKay - May 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Fuck you halladayslabia

    • mazblast - May 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Based on your screed, I’d say you’re dumber than the stereotype you’re perpetuating.

    • jeffa43 - May 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      //halladayslabia …. Titus Young? Is that you?

      Please check into a mental ward… For yourself, and all of us.

      What a ignorant rant.

  4. sportsdrenched - May 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM


  5. bigtunany - May 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    this thread has taken a strange turn

  6. mazblast - May 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Nepotism is wonderful, if you’re the one getting the undeserved jobs/promotions/money. It stinks for the rest of us, watching someone make their living the old-fashioned way–being born to the right person.

    We know that Nolan knows his stuff. He knows more about baseball than any of us could ever hope to know. His son? Don’t know. Could be as good as Peter O’Malley or Dan Rooney, could be a dipstick like Stephen Jones, Jim Irsay, Bidwill, Mike Brown, John Mara, and countless others. The one thing we know is how he got the job, and it wasn’t on merit.

  7. alphapop - May 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    mazblast: You might be able to claim nepotism for Reid Ryan being the CEO of the Ryan-Sanders Baseball, but not the Astros job. Nolan is the CEO of the Rangers, not the Astros. Reid Ryan has spent the last 12 years running two minor league clubs, so I would say he paid some dues.

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