Legendary starting pitcher Nolan Ryan became a fixture behind the backstop during his years with the Texas Rangers front office. Speaking out against pitch counts and just generally be old school and gruff, Ryan saw a lot of success in his time as team president.
This past October he resigned, though things were contentious and Ryan might not necessarily choose to describe it as a pure “resignation.” Available and still interested in working on the business side of Major League Baseball, Ryan is reportedly now in talks with the Houston Astros about a possible role with them.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle spoke with team owner Jim Crane, who said the following:
Actually I’m hoping to talk to Nolan here pretty soon…Certainly, I think we can certainly make room for Nolan Ryan. We’ll see how that works with the business side and the baseball side. We hope to visit with him about it pretty soon.”
“We really don’t have anything done yet…I think there’s some interest from Nolan if it’s the right opportunity for him and if it’s what he wants to do. He’s very accomplished and he’s done a lot of great things and he’ll certainly be a great addition to the team if we could do it.”
Worth noting is the fact that Ryan’s son, Reid, is the president of baseball operations for the Astros. That combined with his history with the team, and this seems like a natural fit for Nolan Ryan.