ROUND ROCK, Texas - As the Round Rock Express embark on their historic 20th anniversary season, the team has announced that Founder and former CEO Reid Ryan will become the sixth member of the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame. After deliberation by Express front office staff and shareholders, Ryan becomes the first executive to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
Ryan served as the Founder and original CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball, the ownership group of the Express, leading the charge in acquiring the Jackson Generals franchise and relocating the club to Round Rock to become the Express in 2000. As the team's former CEO, Ryan's top priority was the fan experience, and he quickly became a fan favorite for his ability to connect with people, speak with fans on a personal level and use their feedback to improve the organization.
After four prosperous years leading the E-Train as the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, Ryan played an integral role in founding the Corpus Christi Hooks, who became the Astros new Double-A affiliate as the Express moved to the ranks of Triple-A in 2005. During his time as founder and CEO of both the Express and Hooks, the clubs were perennially lauded as two of the top franchises in minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction and franchise value.
Ryan was named the President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros in May 2013, becoming one of the youngest team presidents in baseball. During Ryan's tenure in Houston, he successfully oversaw the Hooks' transition to becoming an owned and operated affiliate of the Astros. This past September, the Express also announced they would be rejoining the Astros family as the club's Triple-A affiliate, bringing the franchise Ryan founded back into his domain.
No stranger to the game, Ryan served as a bat boy for the Astros while his father and Hall of Famer Nolan pitched in the Astrodome in the 1980s. He later pitched collegiately at the University of Texas and Texas Christian University, winning a pair of Southwest Conference titles along the way. He pitched two seasons in the Texas Rangers organization after being drafted in the 17th round of the 1994 MLB Draft.
Ryan will be formally inducted into the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame during a special pregame ceremony on Friday, August 16 before the Express host the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate) at 7:05 p.m.
The Express open their historic 20th anniversary season on the road against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami Marlins affiliate) on Thursday, April 4 before returning to Dell Diamond on Tuesday, April 9 for a five-game series against the Nashville Sounds (Texas Rangers affiliate). Season memberships and flex plan ticket packages are on sale now.
For more information on the Express, visit RRExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and join the conversation during our historic 20th anniversary season using #20STROng.