4
| Base |

Losing Nolan Ryan. Again.

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

The one thing that finally turned the public against John McMullen was when he let local icon Nolan Ryan escape up to Arlington and the Texas Rangers in 1988. Dr. McMullen would never recover his standing in the community, a standing which had already been virtually destroyed after the firing of Tal Smith way back in 1980.

Several years ago, Drayton McLane signed Nolan Ryan to a personal services contract and Ryan has spent some time working with Astros farm hands. Ryan has also purchased, and now runs with his kids, two Astros farm teams, the Round Rock Express and the Corpus Christi Hooks.

It was reported this weekend that Ryan is now involved in discussions with the Texas Rangers to become that team’s President of Business Operations. McLane has given the okay for this because it’s not a baseball job.

But I wonder why Drayton is not making this same offer to Ryan. Ryan’s minor league operations are top flight money making organizations. You can’t help but wonder about what Ryan would do if given the chance to run the Astros business organization. After all, Drayton’s always bitching about how he loses money. So let Ryan do it.

Sure, maybe there’s already somebody doing this job. But if Drayton’s losing the money he claims to be losing, then that person’s not doing much of a job, so it wouldn’t really hurt to dump that person. Unless, of course, Drayton’s been lying about his finances.

Don’t let Nolan Ryan get away from the Astros again, Drayton. -- John Royal

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.