For much of the winter and into the start of Spring Training, the troubled relationship between Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers led to speculation that the Hall of Fame hurler could be on his way out of the organization and ultimately could fill a similar role with the Houston Astros. The Astros appear set to name a new Team President, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, but it won’t be Ryan. It will be his son, Reid.
Reid Ryan currently runs the team’s Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Corpus Christi organizations, as both affiliates are owned by Nolan Ryan and Houston businessman Don Sanders. Ryan will be introduced to the media tomorrow, according to McTaggart. The position became open earlier this week when George Postolos abruptly resigned.
Ryan’s playing career was a far cry from the success his father saw on the mound. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1994 Draft, taken in the 17th Round, and spent two seasons in the team’s minor league organization. In 162.1 IP he’d post a 5-15 record and 6.04 ERA to go along with 5.7 BB/9 and 6.4 K/9. He’d never pitch above High-A and didn’t win a game after his first season at Low-A.