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