Friday, January 26, 2007

Transplanted Ex-Mets Update: Nolan Ryan Hospitalized

Former Mets pitcher Nolan Ryan, 59, was hospitalized Friday for treatment of recurring symptoms of an existing medical condition, discovered when he had double-bypass heart surgery in 2000 according to his son, Reid Ryan. Nolan's son declined to specify the condition but said it was not an emergency. "He's feeling good," Reid Ryan said, "This is more about taking precautions."

Nolan Ryan is in the Hall Of Fame, with 27 years in the big leagues, amassing 5,714 career strikeouts. Ryan was drafted by the Mets and spent 5 years with the team, and had 14 games where he threw double digits in K's. But at 23 years old, young Nolan Ryan was traded in 1971 to the California Angels for Jim Fregosi, offically cursing the Mets with "The Nolan Ryan Curse." Nolan Ryan would go on to throw seven no-hitters over the course of his career, while the Mets as a team have never have a pitcher throw a no-hitter in their 45 year history.

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