ARLINGTON, Texas — Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.
In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. He is also selling his ownership stake in the team to co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson.
“It closes a chapter of my life in baseball,” Ryan said. “I feel like it’s time for me to move on to other things. It’s been a decision that weighed on me heavily, but I feel like it’s the right decision.”
Asked about the difference in the team announcing he was retiring and him calling it a resignation, the 66-year-old Ryan paused and then said he wouldn’t be the CEO of another major-league team and called this perhaps the “final chapter” of his storied career in baseball.
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Ryan’s older son, Reid, became president of the Astros earlier this year. Nolan Ryan dismissed any speculation that he’s leaving the Rangers to join his son and another of the teams he pitched for and worked for in the past.
ST. LOUIS — For four straight starts, Michael Wacha has been all but untouchable and appeared totally oblivious to the stakes.
The St. Louis Cardinals need one more just like that from the pressure-proof rookie to get to the World Series for the second time in three years.
Wacha outpitched NL Cy Young front-runner Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 and the Cardinals won 1-0 on an unearned run to take a 2-0 series lead. They’re matched again in Game 6 on Friday night, the precocious right-hander and the lefty who’d be at the top of anyone’s list to work a must-win.
This time, the Cardinals lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.
“I just expect Michael to go out and do what he’s done, just like the rest of our guys,” manager Mike Matheny said. “Stick with what you’ve done all along the way, and don’t ignore and don’t deny the excitement.”
• The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal to acquire Cuban free-agent first-baseman Jose Abreu, according to multiple reports. The largest initial free-agent contract ever given to an international player was first reported by MLB.com.