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Ryan staying on as Rangers CEO

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ARLINGTON -- Nolan Ryan is staying in Texas.

Ryan's future with the Rangers had been in limbo for the past six weeks, ever since the team announced that Jon Daniels and Rick George were promoted to president of baseball operations and president of business operations, respectively. They no longer had to report to Ryan, whose title became chief executive officer.

After spending the past five years as the man with the final say in both baseball and business decisions, it was clear that Ryan, a minority owner himself, was not happy with the arrangement that had been talked about as far back as November.

Since the announcement on March 1, Ryan declined to publicly address his situation, fueling speculation that he might leave the team sometime after the beginning of the season.

By Monday, however, a team source was saying that Ryan and majority owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis had had a very positive meeting on Sunday and that things were looking up.

The Rangers released this statement from Ryan following Wednesday afternoon's homestand finale against Tampa Bay:

"After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward. In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership and with Jon Daniels and Rick George to build on the success of the past five years and to bring a championship to Arlington."

There was also this statement from Davis and Simpson:

"We've had meaningful conversations with Nolan Ryan over the past several weeks and are pleased that our focus is now on working together to win a championship for our fans. Over the years, Nolan has made extraordinary contributions to the Texas Rangers organization, both on and off the field, including providing valuable guidance to Jon Daniels and Rick George. His leadership as our chief executive -- with both baseball and business operations reporting to him -- has been vital to our success and offers us a bright future."

How exactly Ryan's role will or will not change remains unclear. Neither Ryan nor the owners were available to take questions.

What is clear is that Ryan staying with the team should make both Rangers employees and fans very happy. The Hall of Famer worked hard to restore the franchise to prominence when former owner Tom Hicks brought him in as club president. Ryan worked hard to establish a family atmosphere inside the organization and a fan-friendly environment in the ballpark.

Jim Reeves is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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