When former Texas Rangers CEO and part-owner Nolan Ryan stepped down from his post with the Texas Rangers on Oct. 31, it ended a bitter 2- or 3-year affair and power struggle between he and others in the Rangers' front office.
It was also pretty clear that just because Ryan was "retiring" he wasn't really retiring.
On Friday night when he made his return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to speak at a UTA baseball fundraiser, Ryan spoke to local media and said something that wasn't shocking at all.
Guess what? Ryan might want to return to baseball.
Wow. Huge surprise there.
The natural fit would be for Ryan to join the Houston Astros front office and be AL West rivals with the Rangers, joining his son, Reid, who's the team president and joining the franchise for which he played more years in the big leagues than any other.
“Everyone is making that assumption because of Reid being over there and the fact I played there longer than I did anywhere else,” Ryan told ESPN Dallas. “I was basically a Colt .45 and Astro fan and that’s my hometown in a sense. I could see where that’s the expectation.”
Ryan said he's completely open to the idea of a return, but he hasn't been actively searching for work in baseball, as he's enjoying retirement on his ranch and in his office, dealing with his many business ventures including Nolan Ryan Beef.
“I haven’t made any plans of any sort,” Ryan said. “I’m certainly open if anyone has an interest in me but right now I’m not looking for a job or anything.”