Nolan Ryan leaving the Rangers?

03/04/2013 3:30 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Nolan Ryan was hired as Rangers president in 2008.(AP)
Nolan Ryan could be stepping down as CEO of the Texas Rangers. 
The Star-Telegram is reporting that Ryan is considering leaving the team he helped guide to two World Series appearances as its chief baseball executive. Ryan has not confirmed the report. 
The recent promotions of general manager Jon Daniels to President of Baseball Operations & GM, and COO Rick George to President of Business Operations, are said to be the catalyst for Ryan's potential departure. The changes at the top of the Rangers' baseball hierarchy were announced this past weekend, but were reportedly made in November. Reports indicate Daniels now has final say over all baseball decisions and George over business decisions. Ryan's title with the team remains as CEO.
The Telegram says Ryan's exit is coming and is likely to happen sooner than later. 
Rangers ownership is denying that Ryan is being shoved out. Said Bob Simpson, team co-owner, "Nolan Ryan leaving the Rangers would be a tragedy, and something we don't want to happen."
Looming is the possibility that Ryan could depart for the Houston Astros, another team he has close ties with from his playing days. 
"Don't think I haven't thought of that," said Simpson, laughing. "But Nolan isn't going anywhere, not as far as I'm concerned."
Ryan was hired as the Rangers' team president in 2008 and was later named team CEO. He is part of the ownership group that bought the team from Tom Hicks in 2010.
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