Reid Ryan, MLB Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan’s son, has been named the president of the Houston Astros.
The younger Ryan, 41, a former minor league pitcher, has been the CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball Inc., a group that owns the two minor league teams: the Round Rock Express (the Rangers’ Triple A affiliate) and the Christi Hooks (the Astros’ Double-A affiliate), both of which are owned by Nolan Ryan and Houston businessman Don Sanders. These teams are said to be two of the most successful minor league franchises in the country. Reid Ryan takes over for George Postolos who resigned last Monday.
The Astros, who moved over from the National League to the American League this season, go into today’s action with a record of 11-31, last place in the AL West. Ryan has his worked cut out for him: “Reid Ryan takes over a job where he will be tasked with helping increase attendance and win back disillusioned fans to a team that has finished with 100 losses in each of the last two seasons and has the worst record in the majors again this year. He acknowledged that Houston’s problems are complex and that there’s no way he could know how he will work to get things back on track on his first day.” Reid Ryan pitched in the minors in 1994 and 1995.
Nolan Ryan, currently the president and CEO of the Texas Rangers, pitched for the Astros from 1980 to 1988, and Reid Ryan grew up as an Astros Fan.
Upon being named president of the team, Reid Ryan summarized his philosophy. “I kind of look at what my vision is. It’s really two things. It’s one, putting the fans first in everything we do … And we also have to take care of the players. We have to make sure that we’re doing everything in our power to be able to develop the best players, attract the best players and to retain the best players we can because it’s all about the best players.”
Do you think Reid Ryan will be able to perform a turnaround for the Houston Astros?