The Astros front office makes changes as Jim Crane’s son, Jared, takes a more important role and Nolan Ryan’s son, Reid, goes from president to advisor.
The turmoil seems to continue in the front office of the Houston Astros just a couple of weeks after assistant GM Brandon Taubman was fired for making controversial statements. Jim Crane has promoted Jared into a leadership role and at the same time removing Reid Ryan from his position as President of Business Operations to take a lesser role of “Executive Advisor”.
Jim Crane may be grooming his son to someday assume his role of overseeing the operations by placing him in more important roles and increasing his responsibilities. Jared will be assisting his father and the executive team in various functions related to the business side of the Astros.
In the meantime, Reid Ryan no longer is in a presidential position, but will be the Executive Advisor, Business Relations. Ryan has been the President of Business Operations since May of 2013. Jim Crane indicated this would give Reid Ryan more time to “focus on his other business ventures”. He is the founder and CEO of the Astros’ Minor League affiliates in Round Rock and Corpus Christi.
In a move that surrounds these changes with controversy, Hall of Famer, Nolan Ryan will be ending his role as an executive assistant to Jim Crane.
Nolan Ryan sent a text to Fox 26’s Mark Berman stating, “I will not be back with the club and will leave it at that.”
This all comes less than a month following the upheaval that resulted in the firing of Brandon Taubman. If you’ll remember, Taubman made remarks to the press in reference to the acquisition of Roberto Osuna that raised a lot of eyebrows. The Astros front office ultimately admitted that the situation may not have been handled in the best way possible.