It’s hard to find the right words to describe the historic career of former fireballer Nolan Ryan. Dominant, perhaps, is a good place to start.
As much of the sports world is now aware of, Ryan resigned as the CEO of the Texas Rangers earlier this afternoon. signifying the end of a season-long dispute between the Hall of Famer and Texas GM Jon Daniels. The question on many Texans’ minds now is simple: Could Ryan join the Astros, a franchise he spent nine years with – more than any other team during his near-three decade career.
His son, Reid Ryan, is the Astros’ team president, and Houston team owner Jim Crane says that a family reunion in Houston is not completely out of the question.
“Certainly, he’s always welcome as a family member of Reid’s. I like Nolan, but I haven’t talked to him about anything. There’s been no discussion whatsoever.”
Reid had nothing but good things to say about his father’s tenure in Arlington, saying he added several much-needed elements to a once-tired Rangers franchise.
“He brought a sense of credibility, and it’s because of what he did. On a personal note, my dad has extremely broad shoulders. He did things for the players, coaches, employees, fans and people in the ownership group that people will never know about. There are things only people in my family know about. That’s a mark of a great leader.”