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Nolan Ryan is retiring as Rangers CEO

Oct 17, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

George W. Bush, Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan announced that he’ll retire as Rangers chief executive officer effective at the end of this month, sending out the following statement:

This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization. I am extremely proud of what this organization has accomplished. On the field, we have enjoyed great success at the major league level. The fans have supported us in record numbers the last two years and we have been able to upgrade the ballpark and enhance the in-game experience to reward that loyalty.

Back in March there were reports of Ryan potentially stepping down, but the 66-year-old Hall of Famer ultimately decided to stay on the job. And there has long been talk about Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels clashing over various issues. Ryan has essentially been the face of the Rangers–and go-to quote for media members–in recent years despite Daniels being the guy in charge of actually putting together what has been a very successful team.

  1. jm91rs - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    How much of the team does he actually own?

    • jm91rs - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      And why the hell is everyone wearing the same glasses in that picture?

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        It was funky sun-glasses give-away night at Arlington that day…

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        It was so they could see the game in 3-D. Duh.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Republican conformity!

  2. miketreedy - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    As a very longtime Rangers fan I am so disappointed (pissed) right now. He was the Big Tex of the Rangers. He helped save this team from bankruptcy. He also was the main reason along with Mike Maddox that the Rangers have been successful the past 5 years. No Nolan Ryan no Mike Maddox. They changed the way pitchers pitched in Texas and got us to the WS twice. The Rangers could always hit but never pitch. Bet Mike Maddox is sadly the next to leave. Very bad move Rangers!!!!

    • eightyraw - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Who is Jon Daniels? Sounds like a stupid nerd who never played the game

      • miketreedy - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        JD has made as many good moves as he has made bad ones. Not saying I don’t like what he has done but he didn’t make the Rangers. It’s the pitching that made the difference. Mike Maddox is the secret behind the Rangers success. He’s a Nolan guy for sure.

      • eightyraw - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Jon Daniels didn’t make the Rangers? Please list out his good and bad moves.

        And how much credit are you giving Mike Maddux and Nolan Ryan? Does that mean Daniels doesn’t get credit for acquiring the players? Does JD also take the blame for the deadline deals for pitchers that did’n’t work? You think those two pitching gurus could have made them better. How do you explain the Koji trade? Who’s fault is it that the injury bug hit the staff this year?

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    And this when one of his pitching records is in serious jeopardy: The 4 active MLB pitchers with multiple no-hitters now have a total of 8, compared to Nolan’s 7. Uh oh.

  4. Liam - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    That’s the problem with CEOs today, they just get coddled. Nolan Ryan can’t work after 66? Jack Welch didn’t step down from GE until he was in his 70s, and he turned out alright.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      But poor Lee Iococca lost his company car in the Chrysler bankruptcy of 2009.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Maybe he is stepping down as CEO so he can sign as a starting pitcher. Show those little brats and upstarts how it is done.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      You just want to see him charge into the White Sox dugout next season and go after their manager, admit it!

      • cur68 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        we all want to see that

  6. thesmedman - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    He’ll sell his shares and wind up in some capacity in Houston.

    • jwbiii - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      He has already sold his shares to Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. Astros owner Jim Crane denies having had any talks with Nolan Ryan, but has said that he would be interested. I think it’s fair to assume that Nolan has had talks with Astros CEO and son Reid Ryan.

      • jm91rs - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        So he no longer owns any of the Rangers? I’ve been wondering for quite some time how there can be issues if he’s an owner, but that makes sense. Now go re-build the astros.

  7. thesmedman - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    …on the other hand, why the hell not be commissioner??? :-)

  8. jss1330 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    He lost a power struggle with the GM. How many CEOs can claim that honor? Doesn’t sound like the Board had very much faith in Ryan.

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