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Nolan Ryan Resigns From Texas Rangers as CEO, Will Sell Stake in Team

By    |   Friday, 18 Oct 2013 02:54 PM

Nolan Ryan, baseball's Hall of Fame strikeout artist who built a Texas Rangers team that won an American League pennant when he became CEO, has announced his resignation.

Ryan said Thursday he will resign effective Oct. 31 and sell his minority ownership with the team, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He helped the Rangers have its most successful run in history. 

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"You don’t just wake up one day and make a decision of this magnitude," Ryan said Thursday. "It was something I’ve been thinking about off and on for a while now, and I just felt like it was probably time for me to move on. It just felt like that’s what I really needed to do."

The Rangers never finished worse than second in the AL West after Ryan took over as president and CEO in 2008. In the six seasons Ryan ran the team, the Rangers went 536-437, won the West twice, went to the World Series for the first two times in franchise history and made three straight playoff appearances for the first time.

But Ryan lost his president title in March, as principal owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson named Jon Daniels their new president of baseball operations.

Ryan and Daniels reportedly butted heads over Jackie Moore being retained as bench coach this season and the hiring of Tim Purpura as farm director in 2011. Ryan and Daniels both left their positions in the past month.

"I have to feel that my relationship with Jon is good and that our relationship didn’t come into play on this," Ryan said in a news conference, according to the Dallas Morning News.  

Ryan later admitted he thought about stepping away in March after he lost the president's title "but I had some obligations that I had committed to and felt I was obligated to those folks."

As a player, Ryan recorded his Major League-record sixth and seventh no-hitters and 5,000th strikeout as a pitcher for the Rangers from 1989 to 1993. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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