“This is the right time for me to step down,” the Hall of Fame pitcher, who played for the Rangers from 1989 to 1993, said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of what this organization has accomplished. On the field, we have enjoyed great success at the major-league level.”
He said he would leave at the end of the month.
Ryan, 66, agreed in April to stay on this season as the Rangers’ CEO after losing his title of team president a month earlier, when Jon Daniels was promoted from general manager to president of baseball operations and Rick George took over as president of business operations.
Ryan was named president of the Rangers in 2008 and two years later was part of a group that purchased the franchise in a bankruptcy auction. The Rangers reached the World Series that season, making Ryan the first Hall of Fame player to advance to postseason play in the role of team president or GM since 1967, when Stan Musial was general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ryan took over as CEO of the Rangers in 2011, when the team lost in the World Series for the second straight season. Texas has won at least 90 games the past four years, missing the playoffs this year.
“This organization is in good hands,” said Ryan, who threw a record seven no-hitters and is Major League Baseball’s career strikeout leader with 5,714. “I am leaving with a lot of great memories from my tenure here and I know the organization will continue to thrive in the years to come.”
The CBS affiliate in Dallas and Fort Worth reported this month that Ryan and Daniels had to be separated by manager Ron Washington after a confrontation that involved the firing of bench coach Jackie Moore. The Rangers said on Oct. 2 that they wouldn’t renew the contracts of first-base coach Dave Anderson and Moore, who had been picked by Ryan to replace Art Howe as the team’s bench coach.
Rangers Co-Chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson thanked Ryan in a statement for his leadership over the past six years.
“Nolan has meant so much to this franchise and to our fans,” the Rangers said in a statement. “We thank him for his many contributions, including his role in helping to develop one of the finest baseball-operations staff in the game. Today we turn the page on what we believe is a very bright future for this organization. We wish Nolan all the best.”
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