Recently, the announcement that Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and COO Rick George would now be sharing the title of the team’s president–a title formerly held by CEO Nolan Ryan– ignited rumors that the baseball legend could be on his way out.
On March 1st, co-owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis announced that Daniels would be given the additional title of president of baseball operations while George would be the team’s newly appointed president of business operations. As a result, many were left wondering (including Ryan himself) what exactly that mean for Ryan’s future role with the team. After nearly ten days of silence on the issue, the Texas baseball legend has finally opened up about the situation.
When asked about the announcement on the day it was made, Ryan refused to comment, which of course added fuel to the fire. However, after discussing his new role with Davis and Simpson, Ryan cleared the air in a statement made on Sunday:
Over the last week, Ray Davis, Bob Simpson, and I have been in discussion and met in-person. The conversations have been productive, and we have discussed my role as CEO of the organization. We agreed these discussions will continue as we go forward. I am very proud of what the Rangers have accomplished over the last several years, and I believe our preparations for upcoming season are what is important.
Of course, it’s always hard to tell what is the absolute truth and what is simply “political speak,” but in this instance, it appears that Ryan will indeed be sticking around for a while, which is great news for the Rangers and their fan base. Ryan and Daniels are the two men most responsible for turning around this franchise, and it would have been a shame to lose either of them. Fortunately, that no longer appears to be a possibility, at least for the near future.