Nolan Ryan is out.
Texas Rangers CEO and former big league great Nolan Ryan announced he will retire, effective the end of this month. He was the tenth president in club history, and became CEO in March 2011.
“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.”
According to various reports throughout the season, Ryan was rumored to be in a major power struggle with GM Jon Daniels. The two disagreed over staffing and player personnel choices. Ryan seemed to have a noticeably smaller role with the team in 2013 than in years’ past.
Ryan was an eight-time All Star during his 27-year playing career, tossing seven no-hitters and striking out 5,714 batters – the most all-time. He went 324-292 with a 3.19 earned run average in 773 starts, en route to a Hall of Fame plaque on his first go-round, earning 98.79 percent of the vote on the 1999 ballot.
No word on whether or not a replacement will be named immediately.
“We have a group of talented and passionate employees who have helped make this success possible. This organization is in good hands. I am leaving with a lot of great memories from my tenure here and I know the organization will continue to thrive in the years to come.”