The President and CEO of the Texas Rangers has decided it is time to retire. Legendary power pitcher Nolan Ryan has retired from his lofty position with the Rangers after years of leading the team to successes. The end of his era at the head of the team comes at the best possible time for the Rangers and for Ryan himself. It actually could not be a better time for this to happen.
After a few years of playing for the Rangers, Ryan led the team as President and CEO during a time that was very successful for the franchise. That time came to an end this past season however and tensions were starting to mount between Ryan and team GM Jon Daniels. With there being unanswered questions in several areas, it will be much better for Ryan to be gone so that Daniels will have free reign to make whatever decisions he wants to make.
For Ryan, whose son is working in the front office for the Houston Astros, the timing is good because he now has the freedom to enjoy what the Astros are doing either as a friend or even one day soon as a member of that office. Whatever Ryan decides to do, his legeacy in the game of baseball is one that continues to grow as he and his family continues to make Major League Baseball their passion.
Regardless of whether or not there are hard feelings here or there, the Rangers owe a ton of gratitude to Ryan for what he has done for the team and also for knowing when the time was right to step down. That is almost as rare as throwing seven career no-hitters.