Nolan meets with Astros owner Crane

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Reid Ryan also on hand as father's potential reunion with club a likely topic

By Brian McTaggart /   

Nolan Ryan grew up near Houston and pitched nine of his 27 seasons with the Astros (1980-88). (K. Djansezian/Getty Images)

HOUSTON -- Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane and president of business operations Reid Ryan on Tuesday morning at Minute Maid Park.

Reid, son of the Texas legend, said last week Crane was scheduled to meet with his father sometime this week, perhaps to discuss a return to the organization in an official capacity.

Nolan, citing a desire to spend more time on his ranch and with his family, stepped down as the chief executive officer of the Rangers at the end of October. He said at the time he didn't expect to work for the Astros, who hired Reid in May.

If Nolan Ryan does return the Astros, his role likely won't be as involved as it was with Texas. He worked for former owner Drayton McLane in an advisory role from 2004-08.

"If there's a fit here, really Jim and Nolan need to talk at some time in the future," Reid Ryan said on Friday. "I keep telling people, 'I'm not trying to get your hopes up because this might not come about.' I'm all for it, Jeff [Luhnow, general manager] is in favor of it.

"If Jim and Nolan can work something out where everybody feels it's a good fit and he can do whatever he would like to do in his personal life and be able to help the club in some capacity, I don't know why our organization wouldn't do that."

Nolan Ryan grew up near Houston and pitched nine of his 27 years with the Astros (1980-88), before finishing his playing career in Arlington. He was hired by former Rangers owner Tom Hicks as club president on Feb. 6, 2008.

Ryan later joined an ownership group put together by Chuck Greenberg that submitted the highest bid in a bankruptcy auction on Aug. 12, 2010. Ryan replaced Greenberg as CEO in March 2011.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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