The Rangers announced Wednesday that CEO Nolan Ryan will remain with the club, ending a six-week drama in which he considered leaving because he was uncertain of his role going forward after the promotion of Jon Daniels to general manager/president of baseball operations.
A baseball source had told Randy Galloway that the announcement from the club would be in the form of a news release that contained short quotes from Ryan and principal owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis. Those three met Sunday afternoon to discuss the situation, and had intially met March 8 in Fort Worth.
Daniels was promoted March 1, along with Rick George to president of business operations, and Ryan lost the title of team president while remaining CEO. Simpson and Daniels maintained that the Rangers’ power structure had not changed and that all decisions had to be run past Ryan. But Ryan, according to sources, has wanted to ensure that his voice mattered in baseball decision-making, and also didn’t want to be seen as a figurehead.
“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,” principal owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson said in a joint statement. “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.”
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Ryan attended the exhibition games in San Antonio, which were run by son Reid and funded in part by business partner Don Sanders. Ryan was also at the season opener March 31 at Houston and occupied his regular front-row seat during the recent homestand.
Daniels said that Ryan was involved and supported the recent eight-year, $120 million contract extension given to shortstop Elvis Andrus and was kept abreast of the minor-league deal given to Derek Lowe in March even though that is a move that Daniels typically makes without needing the approval of Ryan or ownership.
“After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward,” Ryan said in a statement. “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.”