Found March 16, 2012 on Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
PLAYERS: Nolan RyanKris Benson
TEAMS: Texas Rangers

The gang over at the Kult of Mets Personalities scored a great guest, Hall of Famer and current owner of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan.

Of course, we all know that Ryan started his career with the Mets. In five seasons he was 29-38 with a 3.58 ERA. The deal that sent Ryan to California for Jim Fregosi is undoubtedly the worst trade in franchise history.

So what did the Mets do wrong? Nothing, as it was more a unfortunate circumstance. Ryan revealed during the podcast that his struggles were due to the Vietnam War. Ryan was in a “top priority reserve unit in Houston,” and was called to duty every other weekend. If his turn in the rotation came up, he was skipped, thus not allowing him the consistent reps necessary at that point in his development.

After the trade to Anaheim, he served his six years and was discharged, giving him the opportunity to pitch every five days without interruption.

Looking back, for as good as Ryan was, his walk rate was consistently over 4 per/9. You have to think that contributed to a career that produced 324 wins, but also 292 losses.

To listen to the entire podcast (which also includes former Mets pitcher Kris Benson) download the replay here. Ryan appears during the first 15 minutes.

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