After productive talks the past two weeks, the Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that CEO Nolan Ryan is staying with the organization.
Ryan and Rangers co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson issued joint statements Thursday saying all sides are focused on bringing a World Series championship to Arlington.
It ends weeks of speculation whether Ryan was leaving the club after losing his title of team president during the offseason. The Rangers promoted general manager Jon Daniels to president of baseball operations and Rick George to president of business operations on March 1.
Ryan attended all six home games over the weekend and into this week, including Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Rays that started with a game time temperature of 39 degrees.
“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.”
Ryan’s decision saves the Rangers from what could have been a public relations issue. Ryan, a Hall of Famer pitcher, finished his career with the Rangers and pitched two no-hitters and earned his 5,000 strikeout with the team.
He had presided over the Rangers since 2008 and became a minority owner and added the chief executive officer title in March 2011. The Rangers made it to their first two World Series in franchise history in 2010 and ’11.
Davis and Simpson, who became majority owners in March 2011, said in their statement that they’ve had meaningful conversations with Ryan over the past several weeks that led to Ryan deciding to stay.
“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,” Davis and Simpson said. “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.”