Nolan Ryan

Position
Pitcher
Years
1966-1993
Hall Rating
144
Hall of Fame (1999 via BBWAA)
Inductee
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Nolan Ryan Photo
Peak
41%
Longevity
59%

Depending who you ask, you will get some incredibly varied opinions of Nolan Ryan’s career value. To many, he is one of the best pitchers ever. To others, he’s written off as a glorified .500 pitcher. The truth, of course, lies somewhere in the middle. With a Hall Rating of 144, Ryan ranks among the top 30 pitchers of all time. Not bad—but not the best. He certainly was exciting, but his strikeout, no-hitter, and hit-per-nine records are offset by walk and wild pitch records. Nothing Ryan did was boring and there really has never been another pitcher quite like him.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
81.8 33.2 84.6 39.1
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
-132 -2 2 0 114 322
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1966 NYM -0.3 -0.2
1968 NYM -0.3 0.9
1969 NYM -0.3 0.5
1970 NYM 0.3 1.5
1971 NYM -1.6 -0.2
1972 CAL (ANA) 3.7 6.3
1973 CAL (ANA) 4.8 7.8
1974 CAL (ANA) 2.9 6.0
1975 CAL (ANA) 0.8 2.6
1976 CAL (ANA) 1.0 3.6
1977 CAL (ANA) 5.1 7.9
1978 CAL (ANA) 0.4 2.6
1979 CAL (ANA) 1.7 3.8
1980 HOU -0.6 1.5
1981 HOU 3.8 5.1
1982 HOU 0.9 3.1
1983 HOU 0.4 2.1
1984 HOU 0.1 1.8
1985 HOU -0.5 1.5
1986 HOU 0.4 2.0
1987 HOU 2.9 4.8
1988 HOU -0.2 1.7
1989 TEX 3.0 5.1
1990 TEX 1.8 3.6
1991 TEX 3.6 5.2
1992 TEX 0.5 2.0
1993 TEX -1.2 -0.6
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