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Report: Nolan Ryan joins Astros' organization

Postby WebHamster » Tue Feb 24, 2004 3:01 am

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan has reportedly come to terms on a five-year personal services agreement with the Houston Astros.

The Houston Chronicle reports Ryan, who decided not to sign a new personal services contract with the Texas Rangers earlier this month, spoke Monday with Astros owner Drayton McLane to finalize terms of the deal. The Astros have called a news conference for 12 p.m. (et) Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Ryan, who pitched for the Astros from 1980-88, went into the Hall of Fame in 1999 as a Ranger, despite spending only five years of his career with Texas. With Ryan's help, the Astros won their first-ever division title in 1980. He also owns the major league record with seven career no-hitters, six of which came in the American League.

The 47-year-old Ryan, who went 324-292 with a 3.19 ERA over his 27-year career, is the owner of the Astros' Double-A franchise in Round Rock, Texas. He holds the record for most career major league strikeouts with 5,714. Now, Ryan will join an organization that currently has the No. 1 pitcher all-time in American League strikeouts in Roger Clemens, who has 4,099.
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