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Topic - Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.
The Hall of Fame pitcher became the 10th president of the Rangers in February 2008 and became chief executive officer three years later.
Reaction to MLB's suspension of 13 players on Monday, after a sweeping drug investigation:
Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer — still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.
Reid Ryan choked back tears as he was introduced as president of his beloved Astros, the team he grew up watching in the days when his Hall of Fame father, Nolan Ryan, starred as a pitcher for Houston.
Justin Verlander says it's May. Yu Darvish says it's not the great opposing pitcher he's faced, and won't be his last.
Justin Verlander says it's May. Yu Darvish says it's not the first great opposing pitcher he's faced, and won't be his last.
An emotional former President George W. Bush dedicated his presidential library and museum Thursday, calling it a tribute to his pursuit of freedom and to America's bright future.
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
Josh Hamilton was booed his last game at Rangers Ballpark and that's when he was still playing for Texas.
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington knows one thing he would change if he could: He would make sure his everyday players got more rest during the season. Or they might still be playing, and not already several days into what will be a long offseason.
King Felix now has a crowning achievement.
Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan had a blazing fastball, the first ever clocked at 100 mph, during 27 seasons that included 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters. Mariano Rivera has used a devastating, bat-cracking cutter for a record 608 saves to be part of five World Series championships with the New York Yankees.
I was on 12 All-Star rosters, most as a legit All-Star deserving of the honor of representing the National League as one of that year's best players.
A day after Matt Cain's perfect game, some fans actually suggested that no-hitters are becoming almost, well, commonplace.
"I don't look at it from that perspective," Ryan said. "I just look at it from where I am in life and what I want to do going forward and that's what really drove my decision."
Ryan said the title change wasn't a factor in his decision.