It was announced earlier today via twitter from several different people, that Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Famer and former Houston Astro, Nolan Ryan, will become the next President of the Astros. This, of course, follows the resignation of Geoge Postolos this past Monday from the same position. Ryan will be introduced at a news conference at Minute Maid Park tomorrow at 1pm CST.
Since buying the team from former owner, Drayton McLane, owner, Jim Crane an President, George Postolos made sweeping changes throughout the organization. Some were needed and some were questionable. Whether or not Postolos resigned or was forced out is another story (as both are being reported), but the fact that Reid Ryan is now the Astros President is a breath of fresh air for a franchise that has struggled on the field for almost three years and has struggled off the field for the past year and a half.
Reid Ryan currently serves as the acting President for both the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros affiliate) and the AAA Round Rock Express (Rangers affiliate and former Astros affiliate). Clearly he will be resigning his post from both of those positions, but it also begs the question, will the Astros now look to bring back the Round Rock Express as their AAA affiliate? Ryan is a part owner of the franchise and the Astros contract with current AAA affiliate, Oklahoma City RedHawks, will expire at seasons end. Ryan was a former bat boy for the Astros when he was a kid and has worked his way all the way up the ranks. At age 41, he will definitely be one of the youngest President’s in MLB.
I think one of the main questions Astros fans will be asking is, “Can he get a deal done with Comcast?” For now, let’s enjoy this hiring as it is definitely a good one and one for the long haul.