Nolan Ryan Staying with Texas Rangers

Nolan Ryan looks on as the Rangers play a Spring Training game. Ryan and the Rangers came to an agreement Wednesday to make Ryan CEO. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers fans can now rest easy. Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan has decided to stay with the club after weeks of uncertainty. Ryan made it clear that he was not happy about not being President of the club after then General Manager Jon Daniels was promoted to President of Baseball Operations.

“In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership and with Jon Daniels and Rick George to build on the success of the past five years and to bring a championship to Arlington,” Ryan said in a written statement Wednesday.

Texas Rangers Co-Chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson also released a statement Wednesday evening:

“We’ve had meaningful conversations with Nolan Ryan over the past several weeks and are pleased that our focus is now on working together to win a championship for our fans. Over the years Nolan has made extraordinary contributions to the Texas Rangers organization, both on and off the field, including providing valuable guidance to Jon Daniels and Rick George. His leadership as our chief executive – with both baseball and business operations reporting to him – has been vital to our success and offers us a bright future.”

Many fans were certain Ryan would leave the club after not publicly speaking of the incident or letting anyone know which way he was leaning. Ryan and the Rangers may not fully be able to get back to the way it used to be, but at least they have the front office intact.

Daniels and Ryan are the cogs involved in putting the Rangers in a position to compete for championships, both Division and World. Daniels made deals to bring in Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Elvis Andrus in the Mark Teixeira trade. He brought in Josh Hamilton. He also orchestrated deadline deals like Cliff Lee and Ryan Dempster.

Ryan is widely credited with the resurgence of the pitching staff. Mike Maddux might be the man in the clubhouse, but Ryan is the mastermind. He preaches long and efficient starts. He wants the bullpen to be strong and confident when they enter the game, and he is willing to take a chance on beyond proven players like Joe Nathan and Joakim Soria.

Either way the Rangers proceed, and whatever title they want to give these men, just know, with Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels manning the helm, the Rangers will continue to contend for championships, and fill the seats.

Topics: Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers

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