The Astros desperately want Nolan Ryan as part of their organization. Today it appears as if they might get as close as they have been in a while. Multiple sources are reporting the team will announce the hiring of Reid Ryan, son of the Hall of Fame pitcher, as their team president today after former president George Postolos resigned on Monday.
Reid currently serves as the CEO of both the Corpus Christi Hooks -- AA affiliate of the Astros -- and Round Rock Express -- AAA affiliate of the Rangers. His father is the CEO of the Rangers, but has reportedly been at odds with manager Ron Washington, fueling speculation he might ultimately take a similar position with the Astros, something he has repeatedly denied. Nolan is also part owner of both the Hooks and the Express.
With the father owning the minor league teams and being CEO of the Rangers and the son to be the president of the Astros, the Ryans will practically be running professional baseball in the state of Texas. And you thought that the only good thing to come of the move to the AL West was the potential rivalry with the Rangers.
With all the problems that have plagued the Astros on and off the field, most recently the controversy over the canceling of a gala for the Houston Area Women's Center, the younger Ryan, 41, takes over at a time when the team needs a PR makeover. By all reports, Reid Ryan is energetic and eager, not dissimilar to his new GM, Jeff Luhnow, who has been widely praised for his moves over the past year and his rebuilding of the farm system.
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Ryan has a long way to go to resurrect the fortunes of the Astros franchise. Perhaps he can tap the old man for assistance and if things do really go south in Dallas, turn the Astros into Ryan Baseball, Inc.