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When the American League Championship Series gets underway Friday, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan and executive advisor Nolan Ryan will be keeping a close eye on the battle between the Orioles and Royals.
Both teams feature familiar faces for the Ryans in the dugout, front office and coaching staff from their years in baseball. There are some former Rangers playing for the Orioles, including Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz, as well as a handful of players who came through the Ryan-owned Minor Leagues clubs in Corpus Christi and Round Rock, including Bud Norris and Jimmy Paredes.
Nolan Ryan, former president of the Rangers, is also friends with Royals legend George Brett, who was inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 alongside Ryan.
“I’ve kind of pulled for Kansas City for a while now because of the fact that I know a lot of people over there, and I’ve been watching them progress the last few years,” Nolan Ryan said.
The Ryans know plenty of people with the Royals considering the two clubs share the same Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz.
“The Orioles and Royals are my sentimental favorites,” Reid Ryan said. “I know a lot of guys over there, as well as John Russell, who was instrumental in my dad’s career.”
Russell, the Orioles bench coach under former Rangers manager Buck Showalter, caught Nolan Ryan’s sixth no-hitter on June 11, 1990.
“He played at [the University of Oklahoma] and so we’ve had fun over the years keeping up with him and his wife, who’s a good friend who I knew at TCU,” Reid Ryan said. “We watched him go through his Minor League managing career and Major League coaching ranks. He’s one of those guys you’re going to hear his name in the next few years as a manager candidate.”
Houston native Jackie Moore, who spent several years in the Astros organization as the manager at Triple-A Round Rock and later as Astros bench coach, said Wednesday he would like to stay in the game following his dismissal as dugout coach with the Texas Rangers.
“Baseball has been my life and I feel like I have a lot left,” Moore said. “The years I spent with the Astros were great, don’t get me wrong. I’m going to take a week off and lick my wounds and clear my head a little bit. I’m not ready to give up the game of baseball because I know I can’t stay home. I need to stay active. I know I have a great relationship with the Ryans. At this time, I’m going to sit back and think things over.”
Moore has deep Houston ties and is extremely tight with Rangers president Nolan Ryan and Astros president of business operations of Reid Ryan, who tabbed Moore to manage Round Rock. With Moore out in Arlington, could a return to the Astros organization be in the works?
“I’ve always enjoyed working with Jackie Moore,” Reid Ryan said. “I’ve known him 20 years. There is no finer baseball man or person. As far as a job with the Astros, in the end [manager] Bo Porter and [general manager] Jeff Luhnow will have the final say on the big league staff. If asked, I’d give him a good recommendation.”
Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan met with officials from the Alamodome on Friday in San Antonio to gauge their interest in having the Astros and Rangers play an exhibition game in the Alamo City next spring.
Ryan met with the general manager of the Alamodome and head of the San Antonio Convention Center and informed them the Astros are interested in playing the Rangers there next year. The Rangers, who played two games against the Padres in the Alamodome in March, are under contract for another exhibition game there next year.
“I just basically told all the guys in my family, ‘Hey, maybe we ought to try to put the Astros over here,’” Ryan said. “I came over to meet with the city and just told them that’s what I’d like to do. Everybody’s excited, and now we’re going to have to wait and see how all the schedules work out. I think it could be a really fun event.”
In March, 75,210 fans turned out for two exhibition games between the Rangers and Padres, whose Double-A team is in San Antonio, in what was billed as Big League Weekend. The football stadium was configured for baseball to include a right-field wall that was only 285 feet from home plate.
Ryan said though the feedback has been good from Astros fans and people in San Antonio, nothing can be planned until schedules come out in the fall.
“It’s still a wish at this point,” he said. “The Alamodome is in the business of putting on a lot of events, and that’s why I needed to get over here. I wanted them to know the Astros and Rangers have interest in doing the game and it comes down to the date and making it work with Opening Day and Spring Training.”
Ryan, who said he was having dinner Friday night with his legendary father, Nolan, likes the idea of bringing the Astros to central Texas to try to build up the fan base.
“We have a lot of challenges, starting with people want to see the games on TV,” said Ryan, hired last month. “One of the things I want to do and I helped to do with the Rangers, is build the fan base in the out markets, and this could be a very big step in trying to get back on everybody’s radar.”
Reid Ryan, the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and president of CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, will be named as the next president of the Astros, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Thursday.
Ryan, who runs the Triple-A Round Rock Express (Rangers) and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros), both of which are owned by Nolan Ryan and Houston businessman Don Sanders, will be introduced at a news conference on Friday.
The position as president of the Astros became open when George Postolos announced Monday he was stepping down.
Reid Ryan didn’t return a phone call seeking comment late Wednesday, and the Astros are not commenting on the search for a new president.
Reid Ryan serves on the Board of Trustees for Minor League Baseball, the executive committee of the Pacific Coast League and is the Board of Trustees representative for the Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO). He’s also involved in many other business ventures including real estate, banking and the restaurant industry.
His father, Nolan Ryan, played 27 years in the Major Leagues, including nine with the Astros, and became baseball’s all-time strikeout leader before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. He’s currently president and CEO of the Rangers.