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Ryan will remain Rangers' CEO

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Despite a rocky recent relationship between the Hall of Famer and the team, Nolan Ryan will remain the Texas Rangers' chief executive officer.

The team announced the news in a press release Wednesday.

"After productive discussions the last several weeks with (co-chairmen of the board) Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward," Ryan said in a prepared statement. "In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership and with (general manager) Jon Daniels and (chief operating officer) Rick George to build on the success of the past five years and to bring a championship to Arlington."

Early in spring training, the team announced that Daniels was the new chief of baseball operations, and that George was the president of business operations. The change seemingly left Ryan without a role.

However, the Dallas Morning News reported that the owners assured Ryan that he remains in control, with Daniels and George dealing with daily operations.

Davis and Simpson said in a statement: "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."
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