The job became available on Monday when former president and CEO George Postolos announced his immediate resignation from position.
Reid's hiring essentially gives the Ryan family dominion over big-league baseball in the state of Texas. Nolan has been president and CEO of the Texas Rangers since 2008, and also owns two minor-league affiliates in the state -- Round Rock (Rangers) and Corpus Christi (Astros) -- that Reid oversees the operations of under the auspices of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, Inc.
The younger Ryan hasn't had quite the success on the ball field that his father did, playing just two seasons of minor-league ball with the Rangers in the mid-90s before embarking on other endeavors, but he has certainly done well for himself on the business side of things. In addition to running the two minor-league clubs, he also serves on the board of trustees for Minor League Baseball and is a member of the executive committee for the Pacific Coast League.
The Houston Astros are in the early goings of a massive rebuilding process, and are currently residing in the AL West cellar.