ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nolan Ryan is enjoying retirement so far.
Exactly three months after announcing his resignation as chief executive of the Texas Rangers, and selling his ownership stake in the team, the Hall of Fame pitcher was back at Rangers Ballpark on Friday night.
"I've been pretty good at this retired deal. I go to the office in Round Rock and go to the ranch a lot, have spent a lot of time with the grandkids," Ryan said. "It's really been good, because I've been able to set my own schedule and don't have nearly as many requirements and requests. ... It's been a nice break for me."
Two weeks shy of his 67th birthday, Ryan returned to the stadium as the featured speaker for the University of Texas-Arlington's preseason baseball banquet.
Ryan, baseball's strikeout king, pitched the last five of his record 27 major league seasons with the Rangers. He spent nearly six years in the team's front office, a time when Texas made its only two World Series appearances.
"It was different driving up here today ... because that six years I was here, I was very committed to it," said Ryan, who arrived early and visited some of the team executives. "It was really nice to see them, get caught up on how they're doing."