Nolan Ryan pleased with his own role, direction Rangers are headed

Posted Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Nolan Ryan met with reporters before Saturday’s game and discussed a range of topics, from his situation and future as the Texas Rangers’ CEO to the state of the team with seven weeks to go.

Ryan said all the front-office drama in spring training, during which he considered leaving the team, has settled down, and he’s pleased with his role in the organization.

Ryan didn’t declare that he’d be back next season, but said he didn’t anticipate any changes at this point.

“At this point in your life, where I am, get through the season and see how you feel about things,” Ryan said. “There are a lot of factors in play, but do I anticipate any changes? No.”

Among the other topics Ryan addressed:

• The state of the team: “It’s an interesting ballclub. By the time you think, ‘Man, we’re upside down,’ they come roaring back. We had a setback with the [Nelson Cruz] situation and then we go out and get a quality bat with veteran experience [Alex Rios]. I feel really good about where we are and what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

•  Being a front-runner in the AL with Matt Garza and Rios: “I wouldn’t want to say we’re front-runners, because you’re one injury away, as we well know. We’d like to think we’ve had the majority of our injuries behind us and hopefully we’ll stay healthy and finish this out. I feel better about our ballclub today than I did a week ago, or prior to getting Matt in the trade.”

•  His impressions of Garza and the potential of signing him long-term: “He has a real feel for pitching. He has a lot of confidence with what his abilities are. With his delivery and how he approaches hitters, I’m confident he’s going to hold up. [Signing him long-term] is hard to say. What you have to do is evaluate the club and the market, so it’s hard for me to speculate on that at this point in time.”

•  Further setbacks to Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison: “With guys coming off surgery and rehabbing, I think you’re foolish if you count on them because of what we have seen. They don’t always go on the timetable that the medical profession anticipates because of the human element and also coming back from surgery. You’re asking them to get into condition where they can help a major league ballclub in a pennant race, and I think that’s an awful lot.”

•  The search for a president of business operations: “Best way to say it, it’s in mothballs. … We’re not going to go out and bring someone in. We’re going to move forward with the existing executive team we have in place.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Kansas City 10/24 8:07 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
110th World Series, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas 10/24 7:00 PM ET
Orlando 
New York 10/24 7:30 PM ET
Toronto TV: MSG, TSN2
Minnesota 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Chicago TV: CSN-CHI
San Antonio 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CSN-HOU, NBA TV
Miami 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Memphis TV: Sun Sports
Phoenix 10/24 9:00 PM ET
Utah 
Sacramento 10/24 10:00 PM ET
LA Lakers TV: TWC SN, D
Denver 10/24 10:30 PM ET
Golden State TV: CSN-Bay
Portland 10/24 10:30 PM ET
LA Clippers TV: FSN-PT, NBA TV
Full Scoreboard
Week 8Full Scoreboard
Thursday
San Diego21Final | Box
Denver «35Gridiron Replay
Sunday
Detroit 9:30 AM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Seattle 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: CBS
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Miami 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: FOX
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: FOX
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:05 PM ET
Arizona TV: FOX
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Cleveland TV: CBS
Indianapolis 4:25 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: NBC
Monday
Washington 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas 10/24 7:00 PM ET
New Jersey TV: FSN-SW, MSG+
Tampa Bay 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Winnipeg TV: SUN, TSN3
Vancouver 10/24 9:00 PM ET
Colorado TV: TVA 2, SNE, SNO, SNP, Alt
Carolina 10/24 9:30 PM ET
Edmonton TV: SPSO, SN-W
Columbus 10/24 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim TV: FSN-OH, FSN-PT
Full Scoreboard