Nolan Ryan Stepping Down as Rangers CEO

Thu, Oct 17 2013 03:11pm PDT 1
Kelly Curtis
Kelly Curtis
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The Texas Rangers announced Thursday that iconic Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan will be stepping down as CEO of the team at the end of the month, bringing to an end Ryan's involvement with the team he helped put on the map. Ryan also noted during a press conference that he is also selling his stake in the team, but noted that he would not pursue a front office job with any other Major League Baseball teams. The 66 year-old pitching great joined the Rangers in early 2008, becoming its 10th team president, assuming the CEO title about three years later. The Rangers achieved their greatest success with Ryan at the helm, reaching the World Series for the 1st time in franchise history in 2010 and returning the following year. In addition to being the team's most successful executive, Ryan is also the most notable player in Rangers history as the only member of the MLB Hall of Fame to go in as a member of the team. Though he retired in 1993, Ryan still holds a pair of distinguished MLB records that many assume will never be broken. Ryan is the only pitcher in league history with seven no-hitters in his career, and also the only pitcher ever to strike out 5,000 batters.

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