Nolan Ryan weighs run for state job

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan confirmed Friday that he's considering a run for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 2014.

Ryan, whose tenure as CEO of the Texas Rangers officially ended Thursday, was approached by people wanting him to seek the office and he told them he "would give it some thought."

It isn't the first time Ryan has contemplated vying for the job. He pondered a run in 1989, even as he was completing another season with the Rangers. But once Rick Perry ended up switching parties to run as a Republican against incumbent Jim Hightower, Ryan decided not to enter the race. He ended up pitching for 3½ more seasons, striking out more than 900 batters and tossing two more no-hitters in that span. Ryan is baseball's all-time strikeouts leader with 5,714 and has a record seven no-hitters.

Currently, there are four other Republicans attempting to win the GOP nomination for agriculture commissioner.

Ryan, who has previously served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, is currently the statewide campaign chairman for Todd Staples, who is leaving his post as agriculture commissioner to run for lieutenant governor.