ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 03: President of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan (center) watches his team against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
It's only natural to assume the Houston Astros are going to benefit from adding former Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan to the front office, even if it is in just an advisory role and not an everyday gig.
Rangers GM and team president Jon Daniels knows what Ryan can do for a franchise, even if the two did have a seemingly bitter split. After all, when Ryan got on board with the Rangers in 2008 and eventually ended up buying part of the team and having an office at Rangers Ballpark before stepping away in October, the Rangers pretty much immediately got good.
"Bottom line, I think Nolan brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the game — both business and baseball," Daniels said on 105.3 The Fan. “A lot of us benefited from his time here as well as the organization. I’m sure the Astros will benefit similarly — although it doesn’t sound like it’s as direct of a day-to-day role, more of an advisory spot.”
Daniels said he doesn't feel any pressure to prove he is the catalyst of the team's success, not Ryan, which is a common stance held by several Rangers fans — probably a 50/50 split.
Now that Houston is in the American League West with the Rangers, Daniels said he sees the Astros as a division rival he wants the Rangers to beat, and nothing more.
"There’s no added competitive fuel there," Daniels told The Fan. "I want to beat Oakland; I want to beat Anaheim. I want to beat Seattle; I want to beat Houston. I want to win the American League and hopefully win the whole thing.”