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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
27 5386 324 292 3 5714 3.19 63.2
Birth Date1-31-1947
Height6' 2"
Weight170 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1966 NYN 19 2 1 3.0 1.0 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 17 5 5 5 1 9 3 2 0 6 15.00 6.01 4.11 0.4 0.0
1968 NYN 21 21 18 134.0 125.7 8.3 6 9 0 0 13 1 559 93 50 46 12 142 75 71 4 133 3.09 3.49 3.21 4.0 0.3
1969 NYN 22 25 10 89.3 56.7 32.7 6 3 1 1 5 1 375 60 38 35 3 84 53 50 1 92 3.53 2.85 3.45 10.3 1.0
1970 NYN 23 27 19 131.7 123.3 8.3 7 11 1 1 9 1 570 86 59 50 10 129 97 95 4 125 3.42 4.24 5.43 0.7 -0.1
1971 NYN 24 30 26 152.0 147.3 4.7 10 14 0 0 12 0 705 125 78 67 8 173 116 112 15 137 3.97 4.01 4.09 8.9 0.9
1972 CAL 25 39 39 284.0 284.0 0.0 19 16 0 0 26 2 1154 166 80 72 14 239 157 153 10 329 2.28 2.36 3.08 20.9 2.4
1973 CAL 26 41 39 326.0 323.7 2.3 21 16 1 0 27 4 1355 238 113 104 18 355 162 160 7 383 2.87 2.50 3.02 54.7 5.9
1974 CAL 27 42 41 332.7 331.0 1.7 22 16 0 1 28 6 1392 221 127 107 18 325 202 199 9 367 2.89 2.97 3.64 24.5 2.7
1975 CAL 28 28 28 198.0 198.0 0.0 14 12 0 0 15 5 864 152 90 76 13 218 132 132 7 186 3.45 3.64 4.27 8.1 0.9
1976 CAL 29 39 39 284.3 284.3 0.0 17 18 0 0 22 2 1195 193 117 106 13 281 183 181 5 327 3.36 2.90 3.60 19.7 2.2
1977 CAL 30 37 37 299.0 299.0 0.0 19 16 0 0 27 2 1272 198 110 92 12 263 204 197 9 341 2.77 3.12 3.95 29.0 3.0
1978 CAL 31 31 31 234.7 234.7 0.0 10 13 0 0 18 4 1008 183 106 97 12 262 148 141 3 260 3.72 2.93 3.68 26.6 2.9
1979 CAL 32 34 34 222.7 222.7 0.0 16 14 0 0 19 3 937 169 104 89 15 254 114 111 6 223 3.60 3.25 3.56 42.6 4.4
1980 HOU 33 35 35 233.7 233.7 0.0 11 10 0 0 20 2 982 205 100 87 10 275 98 97 3 200 3.35 2.89 3.71 19.5 2.1
1981 HOU 34 21 21 149.0 149.0 0.0 11 5 0 0 18 1 605 99 34 28 2 114 68 67 1 140 1.69 2.35 2.77 32.7 3.6
1982 HOU 35 35 35 250.3 250.3 0.0 16 12 0 0 22 2 1050 196 100 88 20 299 109 106 8 245 3.16 3.23 3.52 26.9 2.9
1983 HOU 36 29 29 196.3 196.3 0.0 14 9 0 0 19 1 804 134 74 65 9 190 101 98 4 183 2.98 3.01 3.80 15.9 1.9
1984 HOU 37 30 30 183.7 183.7 0.0 12 11 0 0 20 0 760 143 78 62 12 206 69 67 4 197 3.04 2.69 3.73 15.9 1.4
1985 HOU 38 35 35 232.0 232.0 0.0 10 12 0 0 23 3 983 205 108 98 12 290 95 87 9 209 3.80 2.83 3.84 17.7 1.4
1986 HOU 39 30 30 178.0 178.0 0.0 12 8 0 0 15 3 729 119 72 66 14 199 82 77 4 194 3.34 3.04 3.80 19.6 2.1
1987 HOU 40 34 34 211.7 211.7 0.0 8 16 0 0 25 0 873 154 75 65 14 225 87 85 4 270 2.76 2.47 3.44 40.6 3.8
1988 HOU 41 33 33 220.0 220.0 0.0 12 11 0 0 22 2 930 186 98 86 18 284 87 81 7 228 3.52 2.98 3.69 15.1 1.3
1989 TEX 42 32 32 239.3 239.3 0.0 16 10 0 0 20 2 988 162 96 85 17 245 98 95 9 301 3.20 2.60 3.29 50.1 5.5
1990 TEX 43 30 30 204.0 204.0 0.0 13 9 0 0 17 1 818 137 86 78 18 235 74 72 7 232 3.44 2.87 3.97 30.0 3.2
1991 TEX 44 27 27 173.0 173.0 0.0 12 6 0 0 16 1 683 102 58 56 12 169 72 72 5 203 2.91 2.80 3.70 31.8 3.4
1992 TEX 45 27 27 157.3 157.3 0.0 5 9 0 0 18 0 675 138 75 65 9 198 69 69 12 157 3.72 3.08 3.33 34.0 3.7
1993 TEX 46 13 13 66.3 66.3 0.0 5 5 0 0 5 1 291 54 47 36 5 84 40 40 1 46 4.88 4.45 5.45 4.9 0.5
Career8077735386.05326.060.032429233481502257439232178191132157472795271715857143.192.983.65605.263.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1966 NYN MLB 2 1 3.0 4.11 95 .398 .245 .303 .372 .250 .571 96 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
1968 NYN MLB 21 18 134.0 3.21 91 .260 .244 .298 .342 .258 .242 87 5.6 0.7 4.0 0.3
1969 NYN MLB 25 10 89.3 3.45 115 .228 .253 .318 .374 .260 .252 99 12.1 1.3 10.3 1.0
1970 NYN MLB 27 19 131.7 5.43 78 .243 .259 .330 .399 .265 .228 98 1.9 0.2 0.7 -0.1
1971 NYN MLB 30 26 152.0 4.09 94 .270 .249 .311 .361 .258 .273 98 9.2 1.0 8.9 0.9
1972 CAL MLB 39 39 284.0 3.08 97 .220 .237 .304 .343 .252 .236 86 21.2 2.5 20.9 2.4
1973 CAL MLB 41 39 326.0 3.02 124 .236 .261 .330 .386 .265 .280 92 54.7 5.9 54.7 5.9
1974 CAL MLB 42 41 332.7 3.64 104 .241 .261 .323 .374 .260 .255 92 24.5 2.7 24.5 2.7
1975 CAL MLB 28 28 198.0 4.27 92 .259 .259 .328 .380 .263 .264 92 8.1 0.9 8.1 0.9
1976 CAL MLB 39 39 284.3 3.60 100 .242 .258 .319 .363 .260 .270 90 19.7 2.2 19.7 2.2
1977 CAL MLB 37 37 299.0 3.95 107 .234 .271 .332 .409 .265 .263 93 29.0 3.0 29.0 3.0
1978 CAL MLB 31 31 234.7 3.68 110 .252 .262 .322 .384 .262 .292 97 26.6 2.9 26.6 2.9
1979 CAL MLB 34 34 222.7 3.56 122 .239 .274 .334 .414 .268 .266 96 42.6 4.4 42.6 4.4
1980 HOU MLB 35 35 233.7 3.71 101 .245 .258 .316 .371 .254 .291 93 20.3 2.2 19.5 2.1
1981 HOU MLB 21 21 149.0 2.77 126 .206 .255 .317 .367 .259 .246 96 28.9 3.2 32.7 3.6
1982 HOU MLB 35 35 250.3 3.52 109 .239 .255 .315 .368 .252 .264 95 29.3 3.1 26.9 2.9
1983 HOU MLB 29 29 196.3 3.80 102 .224 .252 .316 .370 .254 .247 94 19.5 2.1 15.9 1.9
1984 HOU MLB 30 30 183.7 3.73 100 .234 .255 .316 .366 .254 .275 91 17.3 1.9 15.9 1.4
1985 HOU MLB 35 35 232.0 3.84 96 .246 .252 .316 .372 .253 .293 91 17.3 1.8 17.7 1.4
1986 HOU MLB 30 30 178.0 3.80 102 .224 .253 .317 .379 .254 .241 93 22.6 2.4 19.6 2.1
1987 HOU MLB 34 34 211.7 3.44 117 .213 .258 .321 .395 .253 .282 92 43.7 4.3 40.6 3.8
1988 HOU MLB 33 33 220.0 3.69 100 .256 .250 .309 .363 .254 .285 95 17.7 1.9 15.1 1.3
1989 TEX MLB 32 32 239.3 3.29 126 .218 .260 .321 .383 .264 .258 103 50.1 5.5 50.1 5.5
1990 TEX MLB 30 30 204.0 3.97 111 .219 .258 .324 .384 .261 .244 103 30.0 3.2 30.0 3.2
1991 TEX MLB 27 27 173.0 3.70 117 .206 .260 .325 .395 .265 .230 99 31.8 3.4 31.8 3.4
1992 TEX MLB 27 27 157.3 3.33 122 .256 .260 .324 .376 .262 .302 98 34.0 3.7 34.0 3.7
1993 TEX MLB 13 13 66.3 5.45 83 .251 .259 .328 .386 .255 .246 98 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1966 NYN MLB 0 1 0 2 1 3.0 5 3 6 1 33% .571 15.0 9.0 3.0 18.0 2.67 15.00 0.4 0.0
1968 NYN MLB 6 9 0 21 18 134.0 93 75 133 12 40% .242 6.2 5.0 0.8 8.9 1.25 3.09 4.0 0.3
1969 NYN MLB 6 3 1 25 10 89.3 60 53 92 3 45% .252 6.0 5.3 0.3 9.3 1.26 3.53 10.3 1.0
1970 NYN MLB 7 11 1 27 19 131.7 86 97 125 10 48% .228 5.9 6.6 0.7 8.5 1.39 3.42 0.7 -0.1
1971 NYN MLB 10 14 0 30 26 152.0 125 116 137 8 47% .273 7.4 6.9 0.5 8.1 1.59 3.97 8.9 0.9
1972 CAL MLB 19 16 0 39 39 284.0 166 157 329 14 47% .236 5.3 5.0 0.4 10.4 1.14 2.28 20.9 2.4
1973 CAL MLB 21 16 1 41 39 326.0 238 162 383 18 46% .280 6.6 4.5 0.5 10.6 1.23 2.87 54.7 5.9
1974 CAL MLB 22 16 0 42 41 332.7 221 202 367 18 48% .255 6.0 5.5 0.5 9.9 1.27 2.89 24.5 2.7
1975 CAL MLB 14 12 0 28 28 198.0 152 132 186 13 49% .264 6.9 6.0 0.6 8.5 1.43 3.45 8.1 0.9
1976 CAL MLB 17 18 0 39 39 284.3 193 183 327 13 50% .270 6.1 5.8 0.4 10.4 1.32 3.36 19.7 2.2
1977 CAL MLB 19 16 0 37 37 299.0 198 204 341 12 49% .263 6.0 6.1 0.4 10.3 1.34 2.77 29.0 3.0
1978 CAL MLB 10 13 0 31 31 234.7 183 148 260 12 46% .292 7.0 5.7 0.5 10.0 1.41 3.72 26.6 2.9
1979 CAL MLB 16 14 0 34 34 222.7 169 114 223 15 47% .266 6.8 4.6 0.6 9.0 1.27 3.60 42.6 4.4
1980 HOU MLB 11 10 0 35 35 233.7 205 98 200 10 48% .291 7.9 3.8 0.4 7.7 1.30 3.35 19.5 2.1
1981 HOU MLB 11 5 0 21 21 149.0 99 68 140 2 54% .246 6.0 4.1 0.1 8.5 1.12 1.69 32.7 3.6
1982 HOU MLB 16 12 0 35 35 250.3 196 109 245 20 54% .264 7.0 3.9 0.7 8.8 1.22 3.16 26.9 2.9
1983 HOU MLB 14 9 0 29 29 196.3 134 101 183 9 55% .247 6.1 4.6 0.4 8.4 1.20 2.98 15.9 1.9
1984 HOU MLB 12 11 0 30 30 183.7 143 69 197 12 51% .275 7.0 3.4 0.6 9.7 1.15 3.04 15.9 1.4
1985 HOU MLB 10 12 0 35 35 232.0 205 95 209 12 55% .293 8.0 3.7 0.5 8.1 1.29 3.80 17.7 1.4
1986 HOU MLB 12 8 0 30 30 178.0 119 82 194 14 47% .241 6.0 4.1 0.7 9.8 1.13 3.34 19.6 2.1
1987 HOU MLB 8 16 0 34 34 211.7 154 87 270 14 52% .282 6.5 3.7 0.6 11.5 1.14 2.76 40.6 3.8
1988 HOU MLB 12 11 0 33 33 220.0 186 87 228 18 45% .285 7.6 3.6 0.7 9.3 1.24 3.52 15.1 1.3
1989 TEX MLB 16 10 0 32 32 239.3 162 98 301 17 41% .258 6.1 3.7 0.6 11.3 1.09 3.20 50.1 5.5
1990 TEX MLB 13 9 0 30 30 204.0 137 74 232 18 38% .244 6.0 3.3 0.8 10.2 1.03 3.44 30.0 3.2
1991 TEX MLB 12 6 0 27 27 173.0 102 72 203 12 35% .230 5.3 3.7 0.6 10.6 1.01 2.91 31.8 3.4
1992 TEX MLB 5 9 0 27 27 157.3 138 69 157 9 35% .302 7.9 3.9 0.5 9.0 1.32 3.72 34.0 3.7
1993 TEX MLB 5 5 0 13 13 66.3 54 40 46 5 47% .246 7.3 5.4 0.7 6.2 1.42 4.88 4.9 0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1993-09-23 1993-10-04 DTD 11 10 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
1993-08-22 1993-09-12 15-DL 21 20 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
1993-05-08 1993-07-19 15-DL 72 63 Left Hip Strain - -
1993-04-15 1993-05-07 15-DL 22 18 Right Knee Surgery 1993-04-15 -
1992-09-28 1992-10-05 DTD 7 6 Left Hip Strain Gluteal Muscles - -
1992-04-07 1992-04-30 15-DL 23 22 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf with Inflamed Achilles - -
1991-07-29 1991-08-19 15-DL 21 22 Right Shoulder Strain - -
1991-05-14 1991-05-29 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
1990-05-18 1990-06-06 15-DL 19 18 - Low Back Spasms - -
1986-07-28 1986-08-12 15-DL 15 13 Right Elbow Inflammation - -
1986-06-01 1986-06-24 23 23 Right Elbow Sprain Ligament - -
1984-09-21 1984-10-01 DTD 10 9 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
1984-06-18 1984-07-03 15-DL 15 15 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
1984-06-02 1984-06-17 15-DL 15 15 Right Fingers Blister - -
1983-05-03 1983-06-07 35 30 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1983-03-26 1983-04-17 15-DL 22 11 - General Medical Inflammation Prostrate Gland - -
1978-08-21 1978-09-06 15-DL 16 11 Left Trunk Sprain Rib Cartilage - -
1978-06-11 1978-07-05 24 24 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1969-05-12 1969-06-11 30 22 - Groin Strain - -
1968-07-30 1968-09-03 35 37 Right Hand Blister - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details
  • 4 years (2012-15). signed extension with Texas. Relinquished title of president 3/1/13.
  • 4 years (2008-11). Hired by Texas as team president 2/29/08. Elevated to President & CEO 3/12/11.
  • Texas Rangers, 1989-93. 89:$1.8M, 90:$1.4M, 91:$3.3M, 92:$4.2M, 93:$3.757M.
  • Houston Astros, 1980-88. 4 years/$4.5M (1980-83). 2 years (1984-85), signed extension 5/83. 2 years/$2.35M (1986-87), plus $1M 1988 club option.
  • California Angels, 1972-79. 1 year/$0.1M (1974).
  • New York Mets, 1966-71

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Everything I read about Lucas Giolito makes him seem like the next Nolan Ryan. I know the risk is high with TJ on the resume, but if it all clicks, how high is this ceiling really? Are there any current comps or is his ceiling higher than what we're seeing in the big leagues right now?
(Steve from Los Angeles)
I've had a scout tell me that Giolito's floor is out of baseball in five years due to arm problems, and his ceiling is Cooperstown. Do with that what you will. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Did you think you were underrated on Tyler Kolek? Kolek has higher ceiling than Stewart and Harvey, he is an ace in the future.
(James Kolek from Texas)
I haven't ranked Kolek, so its hard to underrate him. I've seen him several times, and he's a big-bodied Texan that can throw 100. I don't love the secondary stuff at present, but its hard to really complain about Kolek's raw stuff. He will likely be a top 3 pick in this draft. How is that for underrating him? Or was this just a blanket comment towards anybody that doesn't think he's a 1:1 reality and the next Nolan Ryan? (Jason Parks)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)How much of pitching is genetics vs hard work and good training? If the top pitching coaches from around the league coached a bunch of determined but otherwise very average joes, how many of them would make the majors?
(Rags from Brooklyn)
Genetics certainly matter, but to be elite requires tons of hard work and appropriate training. The best pitchers of all time were obsessive about improvement through hard work and proper training, from Nolan Ryan to Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson.

The second question is impossible to answer without context. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mariano's cutter the best pitch ever? I mean every one knows it's coming and it's gonna be between 90-92 MPH, but he still gets the job done.
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I don't know about the best pitch ever, since I have only been watching baseball for the last 25 years or so, but it might be the most effective pitch of my generation. Other votes go to Nolan Ryan's fastball and Randy Johnson's slider, to name a few. Right now, I think that Jose Fernandez's "Defector" may be the nastiest pitch in baseball. (Doug Thorburn)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which great pitcher from the 50s, 60s, or 70s would be most changed by today's dogma on teaching pitching mechanics?
(Paul from DC)
Awesome question. It depends on the organization, as well as the player. For a guy like Bob Gibson, many teams would be hesitant because of his "violence," but they might be afraid to tinker with his delivery until he suffered failure. Nolan Ryan is a fun answer, because he both pitched during the aforementioned era and also adjusted his mechanics as he matured. So based on his improvements and sustained longevity, my guess is that he would have been way more efficient if he had been exposed to mechanical teachings earlier in his career. The guys led all of baseball in walks AND strikeouts SIX different times in the 1970's - ridiculous.

On the jukebox: Corrosion of Conformity, "Clean My Wounds" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-08-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug, I've read from Dick Mills that long-toss ruins pitchers arms and causes injury. Do you buy into that? He states that is why the Rangers have so many injuries in their staff.
(Jacob from Illinois)
With all due respect to Dick Mills, I am wary of such claims in light of the variables involved in injury prediction. There are also a variety of long-toss programs, and any pitcher who fails to support such a program with proper mechanics and conditioning will be at an increased risk when throwing long-toss. A pitcher also needs to retain sound mechanics during the long-toss exercise, as some players will sell out to throw the ball a further distance, or raise the shoulder axis like a cannon shooting at a distant target.

Regarding the Rangers, they are way ahead of many other teams when it comes to the art and science of pitching despite the old-school perception of Nolan Ryan. He was one of the first to be involved with hi-speed motion analysis, and his coaching staff is on top of all the latest research.

On the jukebox: Guns N' Roses, "You Could Be Mine" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good chat. Over the last 15 - 20 years, who are some of your favorite players to go to the ballpark and see play and why?
(Jerome from T Hills)
Some of them are obvious - warts and all, I'm thrilled that I've gotten to see Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as often as I have over the years - both have provided some incredible moments. Mariano Rivera, of course. I'm lucky to have seen Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson relatively late in their careers. Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Randy Johnson were pretty special because the Mariners were a favorite before I came to New York, and a common point of reference for me and my brother. Manny Ramirez, when he was still an Indian, was a lot of fun. Jim Thome was a beast who seemed to homer every time he came to town.

Going further back, I'm thrilled I got to see Fernando Valenzuela pitch in person, even if it was only spring training. Likewise for seeing Reggie Jackson in spring training - both were huge parts of my childhood and adolesence. My first regular season major league game was Roger Clemens vs. Nolan Ryan in 1989 (read about it in today's column). That was incredibly special in retrospect because Ryan always meant a great deal to me.

I'm sure I've forgotten somebody, but that's a good start. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Angels/Rangers second best rivalry in baseball right now?
(Jeff from Dallas)
I do think that rivalries get hot very fast now, because of the Twitter and the interaction between fan bases and the fact that every perceived insult is televised and talked about. So, even without a long history between them -- Nolan Ryan is really the only thing that links the rivalry to the past -- it has become a really good feud really quickly. On the other hand, they haven't really played a lot of super meaningful games against each other, because none of the division races have been very close over the past five years. They need a defining weekend series this September. (Sam Miller)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Bryce Harper were a native Texan, would he be a combination of Babe Ruth and Ryan Braun (sans herpes medicine)?
(Busty Olner from Chicago)
Combination of Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan, and a plate of BBQ brisket with Stubbs all over it (Jason Parks)
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Me and my friend had a little disagreement the other day over Nolan Ryan. My friend thinks he's one of the top 10 pitchers of all time, I say he might not even crack the top 20. What's your take on it?
(yankeesbg13 from Indianapolis)
The new JAWS figures have him 14th all-time, well ahead on career, but a bit behind on peak (64.1/32.3/48.2 vs the standard of 53.0/37.1/45.1). Having watched him throw his 5th no-hitter and caught several more starts where he gave it a good run, he's absolutely in my top 10 in terms of "If I could have a ticket to see one guy pitch." (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tommy, how bad is it for baseball that the Rangers are still in bankruptcy court? And how likey is MLB to get involved under the "for the good of the game clause"? I kinda get the feeling Nolan Ryan's getting the shaft here.
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Is it bad for baseball? I don't know. As long as most of the players and employees do not take haircuts on their contracts, and most bond holders come out mostly unscathed, I don't think it's so bad. Look at the alternative: Hicks is running the risk of completely ruining the Liverpool EPL franchise into the ground by his refusal to sell below his (very high) reservation price.

Bankruptcy exists for a reason, and that's the orderly resolution of insolvency. That is to say, it beats the heck out of the alternative. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How tense are things between Nolan Ryan and his (as of right now) employer, Tom Hicks?
(xxx from yyy)
Very tense. (John Perrotto)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)As an older Mets fan who fondly remembers Ventura for his grand slam single, and a young baseball fan who fondly remembers Ventura for charging Nolan Ryan. He deserved better than being one and done, right?
(J.P. from Hartford)
Absolutely. I'm not convinced yet that he belongs, but as with Will Clark, Lou Whitaker, Dwight Evans, Bobby Grich and several others, I certainly feel the debate should have gone on a whole lot longer before anyone made up their minds. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd like to make an argument for aesthetically pleasing baseball (for lack of a better term) being just as good reason to elect someone to the Hall Of Fame. The reason we love baseball is because it's amazing, exciting, and beautiful. There are some players who win ugly, and there are some players who don't help the team win as much as some would think, but are certainly fun to watch (Rice, Dawson, Nolan Ryan). Shouldn't there be room in the Hall for both?
(Jim from Brooklyn)
I have no beef with Ryan being there. If your idea of aesthetics includes exciting long home runs salted among lots and lots of outs, where's Dave Kingman on your ballot? (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Nolan Ryan "cure" injury-prone Rich Harden by having him throw more? If Harden does throw more than 200 innings, is Ryan a genius?
(Drew W from NoVA)
Ryan? You meant to say "Mike Maddux," and the answer to whether or not he's a genius is perhaps better answered by saying an exceptional technician is worth his weight in gold, which is why the Rangers filched him from the Brewers in the first place. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Happy to see Nolan Ryan is going to give Neftali Feliz a chance to start next year. Thoughts on implementing a Joba Rules type approach with him?
(Corey from Fort Worth, TX)
I don't think the Joba rules should be applied to Joba, so no, not a fan. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim win the division or will Nolan Ryan's Manly Man pitchers be enough to carry the Rangers?
(Bogomil from (Anaheim, Gm 2, 2002 ALDS))
I still like the Angels, with 85 wins or so. I don't trust the Rangers' offense much more than I do their rotation. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven. Do you think the Yankees should trade or release Veras and Ramirez?
(Kevin from Texas)
My coffee finally arrived... It's easy to get frustrated with Veras and Ramirez, particularly the latter because he's so vulnerable to the home run. He's been a mess this year, with more walks than he can sustain, more than anyone this side of Nolan Ryan could sustain, and the longball rate is insane. He shouldn't be released, nor should Veras, but there's certainly an argument to be made for sending him down given that he's done just about nothing right so far. The question is, who do you replace him with? The Yankees have already sorted through Mark Melancon and Dave Robertson and are now looking at Brett Tomko for goshsakes. Steve Jackson sat in the pen for two weeks without being tried like he had been blacklisted or something... Veras's problem has always been control, and it's probably worth giving him more time to get it locked down again. Unlike Ramirez, he's not a gimmick pitcher. (Steven Goldman)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)The A's have taken Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson, highly regarded pitching prospects with little experience over A-ball, and put them in the Opening Day rotation. The Rangers have taken Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland, highly regarded pitching prospects with little experience over A-ball, and put them in AAA, with Nolan Ryan saying they will likely initially pitch out of the bullpen when they do get to the majors. Which path do you think is preferable?
(X from Y)
I lean towards the latter, although the pitchers in question are so different that the divergent approaches probably work best for each pairing. It's worth noting that breaking in pitchers in Oakland is much different than doing so in Arlington, so you can push the envelope more. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Nolan Ryan's planned pitching expedition to the 1970s? Even if the Texas youngsters all avoid getting hurt will anyone follow them on the journey to 40 starts and 280 innings?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
I like what Ryan's saying conceptually, because on some level he's right--one of the causes for today's offensive levels is the amount of mound time going to third-tier talent (or worse). I don't think we're going to see 40 starts any time soon, but he's right to want to return to relief workloads that aren't defined by the habitual pursuit of slivers of situational advantage that handicap your ability to manage and develop actual pitching talent. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you feel about Nolan Ryan's plan for his pitchers? I'm skeptical about whether more random throwing (such as BP) mixed in between starts and bullpen sessions will really lead to increased durability. It seems like these things were gotten rid of as part of an attempt to increase the control a club had over how much a pitcher used his arm. If that's the case, they'd actually know less about how hard their pitchers are working. Or is that line of thinking just indicative of how cautious we've become with regards to the position?
(Rob from Brighton)
I like that he's got the right goal - more innings, but I'm not sure about the method. I like "throw more, pitch less" and I like that Jamie Reed and Keith Meister are involved, which will help them when they start seeing the inevitable burnouts. I don't like the idea of sacrificing some arms in the hopes that they'll get more innings across the board because those arms might be Neftali Feliz or Derek Holland as much as they're Joe Filler. I wish a team would take me up on a logical, individualized progression. One team discussed it with me, but it didn't go farther. I'm convinced on this one I'm right and no one's been able to say I was wrong. (Will Carroll)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)A lot of talk out of Texas about Nolan Ryan implementing a stricter conditioning regime for the pitchers, with pitchers expected to throw more and longer, including throwing live BP in the spring. Good idea? Bad idea?
(X from Y)
We'll see. It's definitely a change and I think, as I said previous, that they're willing to break some to find some. If they break the wrong ones, this will look like a terrible idea. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)You've been pretty critical of the job Jon Daniels has done as Ranger g.m. Do you think Nolan Ryan, as the new team president, has made a mistake in committing to Daniels and bringing him back?
(X from Y)
I thought Daniels did nice work at the 2007 deadline in trading Teixeira, and the Hamilton deal did bring back a superstar level talent whereas Volquez was probably unlikely to flourish under the conditions there. Those two things plus the Bradley signing buy him a bit of time.

The bottom line, though, is that the team needs to find a way to field a competent rotation as opposed to the doormats they've put out there. Yes, injuries have played a part, as have some of Daniels' clinkers. We'll see how Ryan's plan for the pitchers' improved fitness plays out - Arlington's a tough place to pitch and maybe they should explore moving the fences back to give their kids a break. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneIf Buck Martinez would have read Ben Lindbergh's preview of this series, he'd realize all that talk about the Rangers' starters going longer under Nolan Ryan's plan is a bunch of BS so far. (John Perrotto)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJust caught up on the fact of the Heyward homer... well, that's up there with Will Clark's homering off of Nolan Ryan his first time up in terms of fulfilling expectations from his first live-game introduction. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneNolan Ryan was the first million/year guy, he's still in the game obviously. Wasn't Canseco the highest paid at one time? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSI know it's early and I shouldn't say this, but this game kind of reminds me of Game 5 of the 1986 NLCS, the one where Nolan Ryan and Dwight Gooden threw all those zeroes at each other... (Steven Goldman)