Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the retirement of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan as Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Rangers:

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I thank Nolan for his service to the Texas Rangers since 2008, a successful era that has been most memorable to the Club's fans. During times of significant change for the franchise, Nolan has been a constant - accessible, dedicated and an icon to his fellow Texans who love our game.

"Nolan's unique perspective as a legendary player and an accomplished executive has been invaluable to the Rangers franchise. I am certain that Nolan will continue to be a great credit to Major League Baseball and an exemplary ambassador for the National Pastime in the state of Texas and beyond."