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Nolan Ryan Is Back With The Houston Astros

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Nolan Ryan (left) will join the Astros as an adviser to club owner Jim Crane (right).

Baseball legend Nolan Ryan put his Houston Astros cap back on today. Back in October, he retired as chief executive officer of the Texas Rangers. And now he’s headed back down I-45 to be “executive adviser” for the Astros.

When Ryan left the Rangers, he said he wasn’t going to rule out playing some sort of role with another team, but that role would not be CEO.

He’s keeping his word: he’ll be in the front office, but in a more modest role. He’ll join his son Reid, who is the Astros president of business operations.

"I'm very excited to be back with the Astros," Nolan Ryan said in a statement. "I'm happy to assist Jim [Crane, owner], Jeff [Luhnow, general manager] and Reid in any way I can. The Astros have a solid foundation with a strong farm system. I think the future is bright for Houston and I'm looking forward to my involvement." 

Ryan pitched for the Astros for nine seasons before finishing his playing career with five seasons in Arlington.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.