Nolan Ryan to step down as CEO of Texas Rangers
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Baseball • Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.

In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month.

He is also selling his ownership stake in the team to co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson.

"It closes a chapter of my life in baseball," Ryan said. "I feel like it's time for me to move on to other things. It's been a decision that weighed on my heavily, but I feel like it's the right decision. ... At this point and time, it's the correct thing for me to do."

Asked about the difference in the team announcing that he was retiring and him calling it a resignation, the 66-year-old Ryan paused and then said he wouldn't be the CEO of another major league team and called this perhaps the "final chapter" of his storied career in baseball.

The Associated Press