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MLB notebook: Nolan Ryan retires as Rangers CEO

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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 7:51 p.m.
 

Nolan Ryan is retiring from the Rangers again, this time leaving his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.

Ryan says the move closes a chapter of his life in baseball. He feels it's time to move on to other things.

In his opening statement at a news conference Thursday, Ryan made a reference to resigning.

Asked about the difference in the team saying he's retiring, Ryan paused and then said he won't be CEO of another major league team.

His son, Reid, was named president of the Astros earlier this year.

Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis said the ownership group is disappointed with Ryan's decision, but understands it. The 66-year-old Ryan also is selling his ownership stake in the team.

• A person familiar with the situation said the Cubs were interviewing Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job. The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search. The Cubs are looking for a manager to help develop their young players, a big reason they cited for firing Dale Sveum. He was 127-197 over two seasons. Martinez played for the Cubs in the 1980s.

• Wally Joyner and Juan Samuel are returning as coaches for the Phillies under manager Ryne Sandberg. Joyner will continue in his role as assistant hitting coach. Joyner, who declined a return at first, will be back for his second season with the Phillies. Samuel heads into his fourth season with the team and second as first-base coach. Sandberg, who replaced Charlie Manuel in August, hired former Phillies manager and shortstop Larry Bowa to be his bench coach.

• The Indians re-signed right-handed reliever Matt Capps to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to spring training camp. Capps, 30, pitched in six games this season at Triple-A Columbus before undergoing season-ending right shoulder surgery June 5. In eight major-league seasons, Capps is 29-33 with 138 saves and a 3.52 ERA over 444 appearances with the Pirates, Nationals and Twins.

• Former major-league pitcher Rudy Minarcin, who played for Vandergrift High School in the late 1940s, died Tuesday at age 83. Minarcin played two years with the Red Sox and one with the Reds. In the summer of 1955 he threw a one-hit shutout against the Pirates at Forbes Field.

— Staff and wire reports

 

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