Nolan Ryan reflects on Rangers

Updated: February 12, 2014, 2:04 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Nolan Ryan said there are "disappointments" about how things ended with the Texas Rangers, but "not hard feelings" about those in the organization as the Hall of Famer starts another chapter of his baseball life with the Houston Astros.

Ryan agreed on Tuesday to join the Astros, for whom he pitched for nine seasons and worked in the front office for another four before joining the Rangers as president in 2008.

Ryan is an executive adviser to Astros owner Jim Crane but will work closely with general manager Jeff Luhnow and Ryan's son, Reid, who is president of business operations.

It means he's now working for the Rangers' in-state and division rivals.

Ryan said he left the Rangers, resigning his post as CEO in October, proud of what was accomplished and how the team is positioned for the future.

"I look back at it with fond memories and a lot of neat things that happened," Ryan said by phone Wednesday. "I really felt good about the group of employees we had there and their abilities. I feel like the organization is in very good hands.

"I'm one that believes that things change and sometimes time dictates that you move on."

Ryan said that, at age 67, he was ready to slow down a bit. He said he won't be in the office every day, like he was with the Rangers, and that he'll do a bunch of different things.

"It comes down to whatever their needs are," Ryan said. "Jeff indicated that he wants me involved in the draft, to be around the big league club and wants me to watch the kids in their system and just do different things."

Ryan said he's looking forward to helping his son on the business end as well. Ryan added that he'll be following the Rangers' progress with interest and hopes the team does well.

Ryan said he's going to have to stay patient with the Astros, knowing the club is still working toward building a contender.

How does he assess the AL West in 2014 now that he's joined Houston?

"I think, obviously, it's going to be competitive," Ryan said. "I think Seattle has improved and Oakland is the team to beat again. I think the Angels will be competitive and the Rangers too. It will come down to what their pitching can do. I think, offensively, they're going to score runs. It's like everything else, everybody has to stay healthy and that's the case every year."

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