Nolan Ryan named Texas Rangers president

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ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) - Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan today has been named president of the Texas Rangers.

Rangers’ owner Tom Hicks says: "The Ryan Express has come to town."

Ryan, who had a record seven no-hitters, won 324 games in a record 27 seasons. He spent his last five seasons as a player -- with the Rangers.

The 61-year-old Ryan replaces Jeff Cogen, who was moved by Hicks to the NHL's Dallas Stars during a November shake-up of his hockey team.

Ryan leaves another former team -- the Houston Astros – with more than one year remaining on a five-year personal services contract.

Ryan's return could bring a jolt to the Rangers, who've struggled to stay competitive in many of the seasons since he retired in 1993.

Some of Ryan's best moments happened in a Rangers uniform, including his final two no-hitters, his 300th victory and becoming the only pitcher with 5,000 strikeouts.
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