There was all kinds of speculation over the past couple of months that there was a possibility Nolan Ryan could leave his post with the Texas Rangers to take a similiar job with the Houston Astros after he was a bit shamed by the Rangers' front office by being stripped of his team president title in favor of general manager Jon Daniels and known as only the team CEO.
Well, now Rangers fans who wanted nothing of the sort can breathe a sigh of relief as a Ryan took the president job with the Astros, but it wasn't Nolan. It was instead his son Reid, who has long been involved with minor league baseball as the owner of both the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks, both of which you used to be Astros farm clubs before the Express became a Rangers feeder a few years back.
The 41-year-old is expected to be introduced as the Astros' president on Friday, replacing president/CEO George Postolos, who resigned on Monday.
The Astros are in a total, complete overhaul right now and are the true definition of a team stripping down its parts and rebuilding, but there are some quality people in place and they will likely be good again before you know it with a great farm system and some well-respected front office folks in place along with young manager Bo Porter, who came from a coaching job with the Washington Nationals.
The Silver Boot rivalry just took on a whole new dynamic.