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Nolan Ryan is Leaving the Astros Organization and He Sounds Pissed

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 05:  Hall of Famer and former Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan looks on during Game One of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park on October 5, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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In wake of his son's unceremonious demotion from the team president role, Nolan Ryan has decided to leave his post as an advisor to the Houston Astros. This was a decision he did not convey through traditional means; no, Ryan simply texted a member of the local media. And he kept things brutally brief.

This is a pretty big deal. The Express is part of the fabric of the Houston Astros, so much so that he and his family own the Astros’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. Houston Astros owner Jim Crane for his part, seemed to be slightly caught off guard by this proclamation from Ryan.

The fact that Nolan didn't even directly communicate with Crane shows that there has to be much more brewing behind the scenes than we currently know. Perhaps Ryan was so offended by the demotion of his son he decided to take a stand and not return until Reid was reinstated.

Or perhaps Nolan Ryan had no plans of returning to begin with. We'll all be anxiously awaiting clarification of this unfortunately tense situation in H-Town.