Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan has just announced his retirement, effective October 31.
There have long been rumors of a dispute between Texas Rangers’ President and General Manager Jon Daniels, and CEO/legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan.
Whether or not that has anything to do with Ryan’s retirement, we don’t know. What we do know is that the Rangers are effectively losing the face of their organization with Ryan’s departure.
Here’s the official press release.
Arlington, Texas—Texas Rangers Chief Executive Officer Nolan Ryan today announced his retirement, effective October 31.
“This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization,” said Ryan. “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.
“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.”
“Under Nolan’s leadership and guidance over the last six years, the Rangers organization has made enormous strides both on and off the field,” said Rangers Co-Chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. “Nolan has meant so much to this franchise and to our fans. We thank him for his many contributions, including his role in helping to develop one of the finest baseball operations staff in the game.
“Today we turn the page on what we believe is a very bright future for this organization. We wish Nolan all the best.”