Things would soon change.
Ryan would go on to play 27 seasons with the Mets, Angels, Astros and the Rangers. His career stats are staggering.
ERA 3.19. He only won 32 more games than he lost but he’s the all-time strikeout king fanning 5, 714 batters.
He also threw a major league leading 7 no-hitters. So there.
We had to put this one in just for fun. Remember when Robin Ventura charged the mound? Big mistake. Ryan finished him off like the 8th hitter in the lineup.
In 1993 Ryan at the age of 46 Ryan ended his playing career as a Ranger. In 1999 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
While is playing career was over his baseball career was not.
Ryan returned to the Rangers in 2008 as president and then CEO after becoming an owner by snatching the team out of bankruptcy. Things soured when other owners gave Ryan’s president title to general manager Jon Daniels.
Ryan’s final six years with the club have arguably the best in franchise history with two trips to the World Series and soaring attendance going over 3 million the last two years.
Ryan issued this statement “I am leaving with a lot of great memories from my tenure here and I know the organization will continue to thrive in the years to come.”
On October 31st, 2013 Nolan Ryan will be gone from the Rangers but he won’t be forgotten. Next stop, Houston? Why not? His son Reid Ryan is still president of the Astros.