Nolan Ryan spent a total of five years with the Texas Rangers as a player, but his five years as the Rangers’ CEO were much more interesting. Ryan came to the Rangers without any front office experience, yet he had his ballclub playing excellent as the Ron Washington-led Rangers would reach the World Series two years in a row.
Unfortunately, Ryan’s rather brash attitude rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with one of which being Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels.
The Rangers claim that the Ryan-and-Daniels’ disputes were not why the Hall of Fame pitcher “resigned/retired” but that’s hardly the case. It’s obvious that Daniels and Ryan had grown tired of one another and although Texas is huge, it just wasn’t big enough for these two ego-maniacs to co-exist. Even still, this is the correct move as Ryan’s retirement opens the door for Daniels to create his own legacy and stop living in Ryan’s shadow.
Ryan says that he left the Rangers to spend more time with his family and on his ranch, yet I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if the Houston Astros have Ryan in their front office before the month of March hits.