The fact that Nolan Ryan is in Houston is not necessarily newsworthy. He lives nearby, after all. The fact that he met with the Houston Astros organization about a potential job is a little more eye-catching.
Indeed, several sources have reported that the Hall of Fame former pitcher met with his son Reid Ryan’s team about a possible place for him in the front office. Ryan pitched nine years of his nearly three-decade career with Houston, the most of any team he pitched for. He insisted over the past weekend in Arlington that his playing time had no correlation to his executive time. ESPN.com’s Richard Durrett heard him speak.
"Everyone is making that assumption because of Reid being over there and the fact I played there longer than anywhere else. I was basically a Colt .45 and Astro fan and that’s my hometown in a sense. I could see where that’s the expectation."
Ryan controversially stepped down as CEO of the Texas Rangers in October, two years after the Rangers had just completed their second straight World Series appearance and loss. Many in Texas media speculated that he was being forced out by Jon Daniels and that the rest of the organization wanted to go in a different direction than that of Nolan.
Reid Ryan has said that if a position were to come up where both parties felt comfortable with each other, there would be a move made.