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What is Nolan Ryan’s net worth?
Nolan Ryan is an American professional baseball player who has a net worth of $60 million. Ryan played baseball for a record 27 years, during which he played in four different decades. His career included stints with the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He eventually retired in 1993 before being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. After retirement, Ryan became CEO of the Texas Rangers, and also served as an advisor to the Houston Astros.
During his time in baseball, Ryan established himself as a right-handed pitcher capable of throwing a baseball in excess of 100 mph with ease. This number never decreased, even when he was on the verge of retirement. Another trick up his sleeve was a formidable 12-6 curveball. Like his fastball, Ryan’s curveball had insane velocity, especially for a breaking pitch.
These talents helped Nolan to 5,714 career strike-ups, far more than any other MLB pitcher. In fact no one else even comes close. Next on the list is pitcher Randy Johnson, who has 839 fewer career strikes. He joins a very select club of only five pitchers who managed to accumulate more strikes than innings. However, not all of Ryan’s records were positive, as he also achieved the most runs allowed with 2,795.
By the end of his career, his jersey numbers were retired by at least three teams, which is another record. He also made seven no-hitters throughout his career. That’s three more than any other pitcher in history. Amazingly, Ryan never played a perfect game and never received a Cy Young award. However, he did manage to win the World Series in 1969, and he is an eight-time All-Star.
Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. was born on January 31, 1947, in the small town of Refugio, Texas. Raised outside Victoria with five older siblings, Nolan later moved with his family to Woodsboro and later to Alvin. The young boy was reportedly very good at hitting objects, virtually any thrown object he could find. Nolan’s father saw his potential and recommended that he try baseball.
Ryan made an immediate impact during his Little League career, throwing his first no-hitters. He continued to play well during his high school years, often breaking bones in the hands of the catchers. Due to this many batsmen refused to bat against him. He was spotted by Red Murph, a scout for the New York Mets, who later said it was the best hand he had ever seen in his life.
Nolan began his career in the minor leagues with teams such as the Marion Mets, Greenville Mets and Jacksonville Sons before being called up to the New York Mets first team. He won the World Series with the Mets before being traded to the California Angels in 1972. Ryan then spent seven years in California before pitching for the Houston Astros in the 80s. He signed a four-year, free-agent contract with the Astros in 1979, worth $4.5 million, and spent nearly a decade with the team before signing with the Texas Rangers in 1989. By this time, Nolan was 42 years old. Finally, after 27 years of baseball, Ryan suffered a career-ending injury to his arm in 1993. He tore a ligament at age 46, and that was it.
After retiring from baseball, Nolan Ryan went into business with several ventures. He is the principal owner of Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Triple-A affiliation of the Texas Rangers. He also co-authored six books, including his 1992 autobiography, “Miracle Man”. Other books include “Throwing Heat,” “The Road to Cooperstown,” “Kings of the Hill,” and instructional books such as “Pitching and Hitting” and “Nolan Ryan’s Pitcher’s Bible.”
Ryan also became president of a bank, owned a restaurant in Texas, and served on the Texas Parks Wildlife Commission for six years. However, he eventually abandoned all these ventures. In 2000, Nolan suffered a heart attack, but successfully underwent double coronary bypass.
Perhaps the most notable activity after Ryan’s retirement was his involvement with the Texas Rangers. In 2008, he became the new chairman of the team. In 2009, he and Chuck Greenberg made a big deposit to buy Rangers, and a $385 million deal was finally finalized in 2010. Ryan retained his role as president after the purchase, but later became the new CEO after Greenberg left in 2011. Two years later, he stepped down as CEO.
Nolan then became heavily involved with the Houston Astros, becoming a special assistant and executive advisor to the team in 2014. He was joined in the organization by his son, Reid Ryan, who was serving as president of business operations. In 2017, the Astros won the World Series. When Reid Ryan was demoted in 2019, Nolan Ryan expressed his desire to stop working for the Astros.
Nolan Ryan has appeared in several commercials over the years and endorsed products such as Advil. He recommended the pain medication due to the fact that he used it for his arm pain. He is particularly known for appearing in commercials that aired in Texas.
Despite Nolan Ryan’s remarkable achievements, he has been criticized by modern observers for a number of reasons. Not only did he allow the most runs, but he also threw the most “wild pitches.” He ranks third in all-time losses for all pitchers. In addition, he gave away ten Grand Slam home runs, a record during his time. Other critics say that while he certainly deserves a place in the Hall of Fame, Nolan was really nothing special, mostly due to his low base percentage and inability to field his position. Others point to his inconsistency when it comes to throwing strikes.
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