Nolan Ryan had a productive visit with Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Tuesday, leaving Minute Maid Park with a commitment to decide before spring training whether to rejoin the club. Ryan’s potential duties with the Astros aren’t completely set, but it’s clear the Hall of Fame righthander is intrigued by the opportunity to work with his eldest son Reid, who serves as the team’s president of business operations. “I think it would be exciting to work with (Reid) in the Astros organization,” Ryan said. “The Astros have always had a special place in our hearts. Reid grew up around the Astros organization.” The pride of Alvin spent part of Tuesday visiting with Crane, Luhnow, several of the club’s front office employees, and his son Reid. “I thought it went fine,” the elder Ryan said. “I visited with (Crane) and Jeff on what the role would be. I told them I’d give it a thought and I’d get back to them in the near future.” Asked if he had a time frame for getting back to Crane, Ryan said he would probably decide before spring training. The Astros’ pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 15. Crane said last week he would meet with Ryan, 66, about a potential job within the Astros’ organization. Although the role isn’t completely defined, Ryan said the position would require him “to be available to consult and do whatever they felt I could assist them with.” The greatest pitcher to come out of Texas and among the sport’s all-time best, Ryan has plenty of front-office and business experience. Ryan helped the Astros’ AL West rival Texas Rangers reach unprecedented levels of success as CEO of the team.
Nolan Ryan discusses possible return with Astros
Houston Chronicle | Jan 29