Nolan Ryan returning to Astros
Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, one of the most popular players to ever wear an Astros uniform, is returning to the organization in an advisory role, a source told MLB.com on Tuesday.
The team wouldn’t confirm the agreement, but an announcement could be made later Tuesday.
Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane and president of business operations Reid Ryan, Nolan’s son, last month, and Nolan Ryan has been mulling an offer to return to Houston since. He worked for former owner Drayton McLane in an advisory role from 2004-08.
Nolan Ryan, citing a desire to spend more time on his ranch and with his family, stepped down as the chief executive officer of the Rangers at the end of October.
“I think to have an opportunity to work with Reid and what is an organization that is headed in the right direction and has turned the corner and the potential they have, to be involved in that would be fun and be exciting,” Nolan Ryan said last month.
Nolan Ryan grew up near Houston and pitched nine of his 27 years with the Astros (1980-88), before finishing his playing career in Arlington. He was hired by former Rangers owner Tom Hicks as club president on Feb. 6, 2008.
Ryan later joined with an ownership group put together by Chuck Greenberg that submitted the highest bid in a bankruptcy auction on Aug. 12, 2010. When Greenberg was forced out in March 2011, Ryan added the title of CEO.