Texas Rangers: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan's son ready to pick dad's brain

February, 11, 2014
Reid Ryan can't wait to work with his father again.

The younger Ryan, the Houston Astros' president of business operations, has worked with Hall of Famer and dad Nolan Ryan at various points in his life -- starting out in the banking world after graduating from TCU, helping to run Ryan's minor league operation and now, as members of the Astros' front office.

"It's exciting for me," Reid Ryan said Tuesday night, taking a brief break from a sports forum in Dallas. "We have a good, working relationship and it's a lot of fun. He's going to be an asset for us to use. I've been picking his brain since I went into business coming out of TCU and he's been a tremendous resource for me."

Reid said his father, who turned 67 at the end of last month, was ready to give up working daily in baseball but still wanted to be around the game. His role will be to help Reid, owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow when they need him.
Ryan will not have an office and will get the chance to roam around to various parts of the organization's operations.

"The thing that's unique about my dad is you combine the rancher's mentality, which is about patience and watching things mature over a period of time, with the baseball and it's somebody that's full of common sense and sees the nuances of life and the game," Ryan said.

Reid says he believes his dad can't get the Astros or Rangers "out of his system."

"He's invested in baseball in Texas," Reid said. "My dad loves the state of Texas and loves baseball and has been a family man all his life. It's a chance to put all of that into one."

Reid already has a list of things he thinks his father can help the club handle, including the draft, helping the team with public relations and sponsorship deals, weighing in on the issues with the club's TV deal and visiting some of the minor league clubs. He expects Nolan to be at spring training at some point and to attend most of the home games.

Nolan Ryan makes return to Arlington

January, 17, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – Nolan Ryan returned to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday night for the time in six years without the title of part owner, CEO or president of the ballclub.

Back at the ballpark as a special guest for the UT-Arlington’s 2014 First Pitch Banquet, Ryan said it was a different feeling driving up to the stadium and not having an affiliation with the Rangers and the commitment he had to the franchise.

That was and still is bittersweet for Ryan, who will be 67 on Jan. 31.

“When you feel like you didn’t get everything done you’d like to see get done there’s some disappointment, but I have very fond memories of my years here with the Rangers,” said Ryan, who resigned as CEO on Oct. 18. “I got here early and visited with some of the executives that I’ve worked with for six years. It was really nice to see them and get caught up with how they’re doing. It’s been a nice return for me to just get caught up on some old friendships.”

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesNolan Ryan, with Rangers GM Jon Daniels, said not winning the franchise's first World Series title was his biggest disappointment as a team executive.
Ryan was asked about what the organization didn’t get done, looking back at the six years that saw the Rangers rise to the top of baseball, making it to the franchise’s first two World Series in 2010 and ’11.

“Win a world championship,” Ryan said. “A lot of neat things happened while I was here, but we didn’t get it done so that’s disappointing.”

Ryan continues to leave open the possibility of returning in some role to another team with everyone seemingly focused on the other major league team in Texas, the Houston Astros, where his son Reid is the president of business operations for the team.

“I haven’t made any plans of any sort,” Ryan said of returning with another team. “I’m certainly open if anyone has an interest in me but right now I’m not looking for a job or anything.”

And the Hall of Famer understands the link to the Astros, where he pitched for nine years, the most of any of the four clubs he played for during his 27-year career.

“Everyone is making that assumption because of Reid being over there and the fact I played there longer than I did anywhere else,” Ryan said. “I was basically a Colt .45 and Astro fan and that’s my hometown in a sense. I could see where that’s the expectation.”

Ryan said he has enjoyed his retirement so far, spending time in Round Rock at his office and at his ranch in South Texas. He said he is more involved than ever in his beef company.

“I’ve been pretty good at this retired deal,” Ryan said. “It’s really been good because I’ve been able to set my own schedule and don’t have nearly as many requirements and requests.

“It’s kind of nice because I’m not in a hurry doing things. That’s different than what I’m accustomed too. I’m enjoying the fact I can set my schedule and go to the ranch and I can stay three days or I can stay a week because I don’t have to be somewhere else.”

Ryan, who became the face of the Rangers -- again -- when he arrived back as team president in 2008, said he has nothing but fondness for the six years he helped turn the Rangers into one of the top franchises in baseball.

“I’m not a believer in regrets,” Ryan said. “I feel very blessed I had the opportunity to be here for six years in the role that I was.”

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George W. Bush, Nolan Ryan praise Nadel

December, 11, 2013
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Among those congratulating Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel on the highest award the sport can offer for a broadcaster, are former president George W. Bush and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Nadel will be honored Saturday, July 26, 2014 as part of the Hall of Fame weekend.

"I congratulate my friend Eric Nadel on winning the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award. For more than 30 years, Eric has brought the Texas Rangers and the great game of baseball to fans all over the Southwest," Bush said in a statement. "His passion for the sport is evident in every broadcast. Any announcer can call a game, but Eric brings his listeners into the stadium. He is a wonderful ambassador for our national pastime."

Nadel called Ryan's 5,000th strikeout in 1989 as it happened during his innings to call play-by-play as he teamed up with the late Mark Holtz on the radio broadcasts during that time.

"I am so pleased for Eric Nadel on his selection as the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award recipient," Ryan said. "Eric’s description and analysis of thousands of Texas Rangers games over the last 35 years have been a joy for the fans. He has always made the games entertaining and informative. He is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word and is very deserving of the honor."

Ryan's honesty, accessibility will be missed

October, 17, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It won't be just Texas Rangers fans and employees that will miss Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. The media will, too.

You might think that a guy that has littered the Major League Baseball record books and was a nearly unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer wouldn't be accessible. That he might not have the time to talk about not only the team, but the game itself. But that wasn't Nolan Ryan.

Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks knew he needed someone who could not only excite fans, but put a jolt into his baseball team. Ryan provided just what he needed. The Texas legend joined the club in February 2008 and did more listening and observing than anything else. Rather than come in and make a bunch of changes, Ryan evaluated. He didn't know general manager Jon Daniels or manager Ron Washington, but he got to know them. He learned to respect them. And he went about remaking the image of the organization.

The Rangers were a bunch of mashers. Daniels and Ryan set out to change that. Ryan's attitude was a huge part of that. He stressed throughout the organization that it was time to push the starting pitchers. It was time to quit allowing rigid pitch counts to determine what a player can do. One spring training, he said it like this (and I'm paraphrasing): "Get one more out, one more inning. Push yourself just a little more than you think you can. Figure out where exactly that line is."

It made a difference. Pitching helped catapult this team to the World Series in 2010 and 2011. And all the while, Ryan would praise the players and coaches. All he wanted was a title. He never got it in Texas, though he came a strike away twice.

But in dealing with the media, Ryan was refreshing. He called a spade a spade. His honestly only added to his credibility. He rarely dodged a question, and if you really needed a quote from him on a particular subject, he'd give it to you. Few people could tell better stories than Ryan, who would remember details of pitch sequences and various parts of games that were four decades in the rearview mirror.

That kind of accessibility to the media allowed Ryan to be an important and valuable voice to the fans. That's going to be missed.

There's no doubt: Jon Daniels is in charge

October, 17, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – While Nolan Ryan contemplates what he wants to do now, the Rangers don’t have to contemplate who’s in charge of the baseball decisions in Arlington. That’s GM Jon Daniels. Period.


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And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The reality is that the club benefited greatly from the various opinions and backgrounds of the decision-makers on the baseball side. Ryan, with his years as a Hall of Fame pitcher, had his philosophies, and Daniels and his crew had theirs. That combination resulted in disagreements, to be sure. That’s to be expected. But it also provided a more complete picture for all parties involved, forcing both sides to make impassioned and reasoned cases before a decision was made.

However, there comes a time when one person has to make a call. For years, that was Ryan. But after titles were altered last offseason, that became a lot more murky. "President of baseball operations" was added to Daniels' business card, leaving Ryan uncertain of his role.

Then all this talk of “camps” started coming out, with some in the “Ryan camp” and others in the “Daniels camp.” It made it seem like two vastly different factions trying to get along on a wilderness adventure. I don’t think that imagery was entirely accurate, either.

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezThere is no debating who will be making the baseball decisions for the Rangers.
But it doesn’t matter now. You can forget the “camps.” They don’t exist anymore.

When former owner Tom Hicks took a chance on Daniels – and it was a risk in that Daniels was 28 years old and had never run a team – he wanted someone who was creative and willing to do what it took to get the team to the next level. Daniels did that.

He and his staff were the architects who engineered a turnaround that resulted in two consecutive World Series appearances and a team that’s become an annual contender. The Mark Teixeira trade. The acquisition of Josh Hamilton. The signing of Yu Darvish. Those were huge moves that put the club on an upward trajectory.

Daniels and his staff have made mistakes, too. Last offseason is an example. They lost out on some big fish, and the decision to pay Lance Berkman $11 million didn’t pay off.

But that group has a lot more doubles, triples and homers than strikeouts.

Don’t misunderstand. Ryan deserves credit for the successes, too. But the club is still in some of the big hands that helped guide it from the lean years to the best period in franchise history. Ryan’s departure means Daniels moves even more into the pressure cooker. He becomes more of a public face for the franchise. He’ll likely have to answer more questions and come under greater scrutiny. That’s part of the job.

It’s a job that he’ll now have to do without Ryan in the office down the hall.

Ryan will be missed, but Rangers will survive

October, 17, 2013
Nolan Ryan's resignation as Rangers CEO will alter the club's front office. The man known around these parts as Big Tex won't be in his usual front row seat for the team's season opener in 2014.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesNolan Ryan's role in on-field baseball decisions was already reduced when Jon Daniels took over as president of baseball operations before the season.
Ryan also sold his stake in the club to owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson, so he will no longer have a financial connection to the team.

So how will Ryan's departure impact things on the field?

He'll be missed by some of the players, including pitcher Derek Holland, who had the best season of his career in 2013 after seeking counsel from Ryan.

"He was a mentor and a friend," Holland said Thursday. "He helped me on and off the field. I'm devastated to hear the news that he's retiring. I'm going to miss him."

But as far as the structure of the roster, don't expect much of an impact. When general manager Jon Daniels took over as president of baseball operations before the season, Ryan's role in on-field baseball decisions was reduced.

Daniels makes the baseball decisions. He, along with trusted assistant Thad Levine and others, will decide if the Rangers should trade for David Price. Or get involved in the bidding for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Or free agent catcher Brian McCann. Daniels and Co. will make the decision on whether Nelson Cruz returns to the ball club.

Daniels will oversee a slight rebuilding project after a 91-win season, which will focus on the scouting and development department.

Ryan will be missed in Arlington for sure. He's an institution.

But when it comes to the product the Rangers put on the field, don't expect much too change. This still appears to be a franchise with a lot of winning to do.

Five things that marked Nolan Ryan's tenure

October, 17, 2013
Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan had several memorable moments with the Texas Rangers as a player, from his two no-hitters to his 300th win and record-setting 5,000th strikeout.

But he also made a big impact as team president and CEO. Here are a few highlights of Ryan's six-year tenure in the Rangers' front office, with the announcement Thursday that he will step down Oct. 31:

1. Showing patience with Daniels and Washington: The Rangers' manager and general manager, Ron Washington and Jon Daniels, were already in place when Ryan was hired as team president on Feb. 6, 2008. Ryan could have come in and made immediate changes, especially with Washington, who had gone 75-87 in his first season as manager in 2007. Ryan stuck by both guys. The rest is history, with World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. The Rangers had a record of 536-437 in the six seasons that Ryan, Daniels and Washington were together, the best run in franchise history.

2. Making the pitchers tougher: Ryan stepped in and, along with the help of pitching coach Mike Maddux, changed the mentality of the Rangers' pitching staff. He encouraged hard work, mental toughness and throwing the extra pitch and the extra inning. Ryan didn't want to hear anything about pitch counts and felt that way to the end, even as some in the front office didn't want to push ace Yu Darvish's pitch count too much. The Rangers' team ERA of 3.79 in 2011 was the club's lowest since 1983.

3. Attendance records: Rangers fans turned out in droves to watch Ryan pitch in his five seasons for the team. He was a box-office draw. His presence as team president and CEO and his presence on the front row by the first-base dugout at most games helped him continue his legacy as the face of the franchise. The Rangers established single-season attendance records in 2011 and '12, surpassing 3 million for the first time in 2012. The Rangers went over 3 million again in 2013.

4. Finally, the World Series: The Rangers had won one postseason game in 38 seasons in Arlington before the start of the 2010 season. They ended that futility with consecutive runs to the World Series and another playoff appearance in 2012. The Rangers have won 90-plus games for four straight seasons. It seems only fitting that the winning started with Big Tex in charge of the franchise.

5. Near departure before this season: Ryan's retirement comes nine months after it appeared he would walk away from the franchise during last spring training. His role was reduced when Daniels was given the title of president of baseball operations, and Rick George, now the athletic director at Colorado, was named president of baseball operations. Ryan met with members of the ownership group, including co-chairman Bob Simpson, who persuaded him to stay on as CEO. Ryan took back his seat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. But it never felt the same with Daniels clearly in charge of the franchise, which makes Thursday's announcement of Ryan's retirement hardly surprising.

Nolan Ryan OK with Darvish's 130 pitches

May, 20, 2013

Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan was on Galloway & Company on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Monday and was asked about pitch counts, in light of Yu Darvish's 130-pitch outing against the Detroit Tigers last Thursday.

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Ryan, who preached to Rangers pitchers to have a tougher mentality when he joined the club as team president in 2008, said he didn't have a problem with manager Ron Washington asking Darvish to pitch the eighth inning with 115 pitches and a 10-4 lead:

"The way I look at that, and no I'm not critical of it, if there was an opportunity to let Yu throw an extra inning and throw 130 pitches, it was probably a good time to do it. And my thought on it is he's capable. He's shown that he can throw deeper in the game, he and [Derek] Holland have shown that they have the potential to do that versus some of our other starters.

"I also believe that under the circumstances, when it's cool, it's earlier in the year and he's building up his stamina, I don't see a problem with it. And really with Yu I don't see it because he's a feel pitcher. He's not a grinder. He's not an over-thrower. He has a feel for the baseball. He has a delivery that's consistent. So there's so many things there that entitle him and enable him to do that so I don't worry about it.

"Now if we were in August and we were in a tough stretch and he's compiled quite a few innings then I might look at it differently because of the deficit effect that it would have on him. But this early in the year and with the weather like it is I don't see it being strenuous or jeopardizing him."

Reid Ryan doesn't expect Nolan to join him

May, 20, 2013
Reid Ryan joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his new position with the Houston Astros and whether he could see his dad, Nolan, joining him there in the future.

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Houston Astros new president and CEO Reid Ryan was on Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Monday and said there were "some hurt feelings" and "differences of opinions" within the Rangers organization, but believes things are fine now between his father, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, and the club. Reid added that he doesn't expect his father to join him in Houston.

"I think when he decided to stay, he did it for several reasons. One, when you start to build something you want to see it through to the finish line," Ryan said. "That loss in 2011, it was gut-wrenching on a lot of levels for a lot of people in the organization. Everybody went away doing everything in their power to try to get back. Getting that close motivates you. He knows how good the team is there and he has a couple of years left on his contract. I think honestly he enjoying what he's doing. There were some differences of opinions. There were some hurt feelings, a lot of issues that kind of popped up at an inopportune time, but I think all that stuff is water under the bridge and people have been able to repair those relationships.

"I really don't see him making a change with what he's doing right now."
Let the Nolan Ryan rumors begin.

The Houston Astros announced Monday morning that team president and CEO George Postolos has resigned.

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If Ryan wants the job, he can probably have it because he’s an even bigger legend in Houston than he is in Arlington.

There’s just one question Ryan must ask himself. Does he want a chance to win a World Series or would he prefer to try to resurrect the second-worst franchise in baseball?

(Just so you know, Miami is by far baseball’s worst franchise.)

Ryan can have all the power and authority he wants in Houston, and owner Jim Crane would probably let him re-hire many of the people the organization has fired.

But it’s going to take several years for that team to resemble anything close to a winner.

The Rangers are winning right now and Ryan gets plenty of credit and no blame for anything, which is as good as it gets in the world of sports.

Yes, some of Ryan’s power has been usurped by president Jon Daniels, who’s in charge of the entire baseball operation, and Rick George, who oversees the business operation. But his presence remains all over the organization.

The Rangers are better with Ryan than without him, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Hall of Fame pitcher remains hacked at losing a chunk of his power in the offseason.

The question is whether he’s still peeved enough to leave the American League power he helped build for a raggedy franchise in need of repair a few hours down I-45.

He'll think about it, but he won't go. Unfinished business remains in Arlington.

What a relief! Nolan Ryan stays with Texas

April, 10, 2013

Nolan Ryan, bundled up in very chilly conditions, watched his Texas Rangers team fall 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon. The good news: Ryan will be sitting in his customary aisle seat closest to the Rangers dugout entrance for the rest of the season and, hopefully, beyond.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett discuss Nolan Ryan's statement that he is staying with the Rangers. It's good news, but will Ryan stay with the club for the long haul?

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The legendary Hall of Famer, who has twice helped save this franchise, is remaining with the organization, the club announced Wednesday evening. That's terrific news and a huge relief for president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, the entire Rangers front office and fans. Ryan has been the face of this club. He's been an important asset in helping vault this organization into that elite group of clubs that are annual contenders. The idea of Ryan not being a part of the Rangers -- something that looked very possible over the past six weeks -- just wasn't something anyone, including Major League Baseball, wanted to contemplate.

At this point, I don't know what swayed Ryan. His statement talks only about "productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization," so let's start with those two primary owners. The co-chairmen of the board had to find a way to keep Ryan in the fold and they've managed to do it.

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Jake Roth/US PresswireCEO Nolan Ryan is staying with the Rangers after all -- and that's a good thing.
Shortly after the release six weeks ago that announced promotions for Daniels and Rick George (the COO who is now president of business operations), Ryan was left uncertain of his CEO role and what kind of power he actually had. Bob Simpson convinced Ryan to fly back to Fort Worth a week later and they had dinner at Del Frisco's, Ryan's favorite steakhouse in the area. That pitch wasn't enough to get Ryan to stay at that point. But it was a start. Apparently, the discussions continued. But it sure appeared that Ryan was likely to leave after filling some commitments at the end of March and in early April surrounding the start of the season. The benefit to those commitments is that it gave ownership some more time to talk to Ryan and reach some kind of resolution.

Thank goodness. I'll be honest: I thought Ryan was headed out of Arlington. Maybe back to his ranch. No, I didn't think he'd go to the Houston Astros, though anything was possible. We heard rumblings that MLB was going to try to find someplace for Ryan, unhappy with the idea that he wasn't going to be a Ranger.

It sure seemed like ownership had taken Ryan's job description and split it between Daniels and COO Rick George, leaving Ryan with a title but (it appeared) not much power. I wasn't sure there was a way to persuade Ryan that he still had a vital role in the organization after that restructuring, even though he retained the CEO title. It seemed like he was being shoved aside, and I wasn't sure the situation could get repaired.

But Simpson and Davis (and maybe others) got the job done and Ryan is staying. Good for Ryan and good for the Rangers. Once Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM personality Randy Galloway's reports came out about Ryan's unhappiness with the situation, the onus fell on ownership to do something -- now -- to keep Ryan with the club. And they did it.

As for the reason for the initial moves, it appears it was to keep Daniels and his young and talented front-office staff in place as long as possible. And that's certainly a smart move. Daniels has done a terrific job of building a contending club through a renewed emphasis on the farm system, scouting, drafting and critical trades. But in the process of trying to keep that group intact, ownership nearly created a PR nightmare with Ryan possibly leaving the club. Now, Ryan is staying and the structure is set up so that Daniels could shed his general manager title to Thad Levine at some point, if that would help keep Levine (and maybe other key personnel such as Don Welke, A.J. Preller, Josh Boyd, Mike Daly, Kip Fagg, Jake Krug, Matt Vinnola ... and I could go on) in place for as long as possible. In other words, ownership has set up a line of succession and has kept Ryan in place. That's important.

I know the old school-versus-new school folks have clashed at times. That's to be expected with their backgrounds and different views. But that's not a bad thing, either. Having both sides and both perspectives -- Ryan's experience and eye for pitching and Daniels' understanding of personnel and shrewd trades -- have led the club to success never seen in franchise history. Daniels, with a rebuilt farm system, the Mark Teixeira and Josh Hamilton trades and the hiring of manager Ron Washington, helped put the club on a path to the AL championship in 2010 and 2011. Ryan's patience when he was put in charge in 2008 with a group that he didn't hire helped them to grow through tough times. He changed the pitching attitude of the organization and was instrumental in bringing Mike Maddux and Jackie Moore to the coaching staff. And, of course, he joined the ownership group that has been willing in the past few seasons to spend money and supplement the great scouting work done by the staff with key free agents. Both Daniels and Ryan, despite their differences, made critical decisions that led to success. It's nice to have that combination around a little longer.

Take a big breath, Rangers fans. Ryan is still here. That's good news.

Richard Durrett co-hosts with Ian Fitzsimmons on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday.

Hot Button: Moves worth risking Nolan Ryan?

March, 6, 2013

Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling discuss the Hot Button's burning question: Are these moves the right thing to do if it costs the Rangers Nolan Ryan? What's your take? See what our guys have to say about the situation and cast your vote here.

Super Bowl picks: Rangers favor 49ers

February, 3, 2013
Every year, we ask as many Texas Rangers players, coaches and personnel to predict the Super Bowl. This year, most of them figure that the San Francisco 49ers will come out on top.

So here we go (players and coaches first, followed by front office folks):

Manager Ron Washington: Baltimore is my winner! I love the underdog!

Bullpen catcher Josh Frasier: San Francisco 31, Baltimore 23. Kaepernick MVP!

Pitcher Michael Kirkman: Baltimore 28, San Francisco 10. The Ravens' defense is unbelievable.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux: San Francisco 31, Baltimore 28. It's a "win-win" for the family.

Infielder Mike Olt: Baltimore 24, San Francisco 17. I can't go against Ray Lewis in this game.

Pitcher Colby Lewis: San Francisco 28, Baltimore 17. Gotta keep the undefeated record in the Super Bowl.

Closer Joe Nathan: San Francisco 27, Baltimore 17. I wish I had a good comment, but I really don't because the New York Giants aren't in it.

Pitcher Justin Grimm: Baltimore 28, San Francisco 21. Ray Lewis is a beast and will rally his team to win the game!

Pitcher Matt Harrison: Baltimore 38, San Francisco 35. So by Ray can go out on top.

Outfielder David Murphy: Baltimore 33, San Francisco 20.

Third base coach Gary Pettis: San Francisco 28, Baltimore 23. Both are good teams, but the 49ers get the edge because of Kaepernick's athleticism.

Nolan Ryan (CEO & President): Ravens by 3. They have the momentum.

Jon Daniels (GM): San Francisco 23, Baltimore 17. Giants win. I'm pulling for SF.

Rick George (COO): San Francisco 28, Baltimore 17. The 49ers for me. Strong ground game and a multipurpose QB will be hard to stop.

Kellie Fischer (CFO): San Francisco 28, Baltimore 24. I predict that Coach Harbaugh will win and that I will have heartburn by the second quarter.

John Blake (VP, communications): San Francisco 27, Baltimore 20. Kaepernick makes the difference in the game.

Bobby Crook (amateur scouting manager): Baltimore 17, San Francisco 16.

Josh Boyd (professional scouting director): NINERS!!!! (As he predicts wearing fresh new Kaepernick shirt.) I hate score predictions, but I got Kap running wild over, under and through Ray Lewis, pulling away in the fourth.

John Hart (baseball operations senior adviser): San Francisco 31, Baltimore 21

Chuck Morgan (VP, ballpark entertainment and productions): San Francisco 27, Baltimore 23

Tom Grieve (TV analyst): Baltimore 27, San Francisco 20. Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith wins it.

Adam Lewkowicz (advance scout): Baltimore 35, San Francisco 28. Baltimore and Flacco have the hot hand. Ray Lewis rides off into the sunset.

(Coach) Don Welke (senior special assistant to GM, scouting): Baltimore 24, San Francisco 20. Upset time.

Tim Purpura (senior director, player development): San Francisco 35, Baltimore 28. Balanced attack will prevail.

Karin Morris (VP community outreach): San Francisco 24, Baltimore 17. Still hurting over the Packers' early exit, but if a team from Wisconsin can't win, a team with a QB originally from there is OK.

Kip Fagg (amateur scouting director): Baltimore 27, San Francisco 21. Old Harbaugh gets the younger one.

Joey Prebynski (advance scout assistant): San Francisco 20, Baltimore 13. The 49ers have too many options on offense that will create matchup problems for the Ravens and being a Browns fan I could never pick Baltimore.

Matt Klotsche (baseball operations manager): San Francisco 27, Baltimore 20. I can't pick against Josh Boyd.

Greg Smith (special assistant, major league scout): San Francisco 38, Baltimore 28. Kaepernick too much for Lewis and company.

Jim Colburn (senior advisor, Pacific Rim operations): Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31: Experience and emotion win out over youth and talent.

Matt Hicks (radio broadcaster): San Francisco 24, Baltimore 20. No strong feeling about the game, but usually lean NFC.

Steve Busby (TV broadcaster): Baltimore 24, San Francisco 20. I'm pulling for the 49ers, but I think the Ravens will win by four. But what do I know?

Matt Vinnola (baseball operations director): San Francisco 27, Baltimore 17.

Brian SanFilippo (manager, media services): San Francisco 28, Baltimore 0.

Jay Miller (VP, Rangers enterprises, customer service, sales): Baltimore 24, San Francisco 17. So go the other way :)

Thad Levine (assistant GM): Baltimore 24, San Francisco 21. I'll take Baltimore in honor of Jonathan Ogden making the Hall of Fame.

Jamie Reed (head athletic trainer): San Francisco 28, Baltimore 17.

Jake Krug (director, minor league operations): San Francisco 24, Baltimore 20.

Rob Morse (manager, publications and media relations): San Francisco 27, Baltimore 22. San Francisco pulls off the double (World Series and Super Bowl), and the read option officially arrives in the NFL.

Nolan Ryan has cookbook coming in 2014

November, 26, 2012
It looks like Nolan Ryan will have a cookbook coming out in May of 2014. Check out this bit of news from ESPN.com wire services and the Associated Press:

The game's all-time strikeout king is also a longtime Texas rancher and has compiled dozens of his favorite recipes for "The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook."
Little, Brown and Co. announced Monday that the book is scheduled for May 2014.

The 65-year-old Ryan also plans to work in a few baseball stories, from his years pitching for the New York Mets, California Angels and other teams to his current job as CEO and president of the Texas Rangers. His previous books include the memoirs "Miracle Man" and "Throwing

The man knows his beef, folks, so this should be interesting.

Dave Magadan last batter to face Nolan Ryan

November, 8, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- New Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan enjoys being the answer to a trivia question involving one of his newest bosses, Nolan Ryan. Magadan was the last batter to face Ryan when the Hall of Famer tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, ending his career.

"I lie to people and say, ‘He was just scared to face me," Magadan said.

It was Sept. 22, 1993 at Seattle's Kingdome when Magadan stepped in as the sixth batter in the first inning. Ryan said his elbow wasn't feeling good even in warmups.

"I was thinking, ‘Man if I can just get through the game," Ryan said.
He threw a 1-1 pitch for a ball and knew his career was over. Ryan walked off the mound and briefly acknoweldged the crowd, ending his legendary career right then.

"It finally popped," Ryan said. "I had no clue he was the last hitter I faced."

Steve Dreyer came in to relieve Ryan and walked Magadan. Ryan and Magadan talked about that day Wednesday, before the hitting coach was introduced to the media.

"I’m thrilled that we have him," Ryan said. "I think he’s a nice addition to our coaching staff and I think he’ll bring a very positive message."



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182