by MARJORIE OWENS / WFAA
ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers have announced Nolan Ryan will retire as chief executive officer from the Texas Rangers. His retirement will go into effect on Oct. 31.
Ryan has worked with the Rangers over the last six years. In February 2008, he became the team's tenth president. A little more than three years later, he was named the chief executive officer.
“This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization,” Ryan said in a statement released by the team. “I am extremely proud of what this organization has accomplished. On the field, we have enjoyed great success at the major league level. The fans have supported us in record numbers the last two years we have been able to upgrade the ballpark and enhance the in-game experience to reward that loyalty."
Rumors of trouble between team ownership and Ryan began to swirl after chief operating officer Rick George and general manager Jon Daniels were given presidential titles in February. However, by April, the Rangers announced Ryan would remain with the team as CEO.
The Texas Rangers will hold a press conference to discuss the retirement at 3:30 p.m.