Ranger nation can rest easy now that Nolan Ryan announced he will remain CEO. He, along with co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson, said the focus now is to bring a World Series championship to Arlington.
In a statement released Wednesday, Ryan said, "After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward. 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."
Owners Davis and Simpson in their statement said, "We've had meaningful conversations with Nolan Ryan over the past several weeks and are pleased that our focus is now on working together to win a championship for our fans. 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. 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."
Wednesday's announcement puts to rest any and all speculation that Ryan would leave the team after losing his title of team president to Jon Daniels during the off-season.
In his time here in Arlington, the Hall of Fame pitcher has most likely accomplished everything he could have wanted. He finished his career with the Texas Rangers. He pitched two no-hitters and earned his 5,000th career strikeout. In 2010 and 2011, the Rangers made it the World Series. In March 2011, Ryan earned the title of chief executive officer.
All he really has left to do is win a World Series with the Texas Rangers.
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