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Nolan Ryan will stay aboard with Rangers as CEO

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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Nolan Ryan, engaged in conversation with manager Ron Washington. (USATSI)

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Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan will remain in the same role with the ballclub after all, the Rangers announced Wednesday via a press release.

“We've had meaningful conversations with Nolan Ryan over the past several weeks and are pleased that our focus is now on working together to win a championship for our fans," Rangrs co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson said in a statement. "Over the years Nolan has made extraordinary contributions to the Texas Rangers organization, both on and off the field, including providing valuable guidance to Jon Daniels and Rick George. His leadership as our chief executive --- with both baseball and business operations reporting to him -- has been vital to our success and offers us a bright future.”

During this past spring training, word started to spread that Ryan was unhappy with the increased power being given to General Manager Jon Daniels and he might decide to walk away from his job as the club's CEO. One report said he'd decide by the end of spring training, but the season opener came and went with nary a word from Ryan.

Until Wednesday.

“After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward," Ryan said in a statement. "In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership and with Jon Daniels and Rick George to build on the success of the past five years and to bring a championship to Arlington.”

So it would appear all is well that ends well in Arlington.

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