It was almost against belief, but five of Rangers’ 9 first pitchers during Ryan’s first two seasons with the club – the other four – Hough, Rogers, Kevin Brown and Jamie Moyer – played for their 40s. Ryan, Hough and Moyer make the list of the eight greatest people of all time today. They are honest and left-wing, controlling artists and firefighters and all are looking for ways to continue their work. Regardless of their population, they have one thing in common: They all learned how to hold their arms from Home.
‘I Am the First Teacher’
Randy Johnson protested. It was 1992, and Johnson, a professional left winger with Ryan-like fastball, was in his fourth major season. His skills, however, have been diminished by lack of control. At 6 feet 10 inches, Johnson just has a lot of movement to put together. When the Rangers arrived in Seattle in August, Johnson was 2-7 over his starting nine, having walked 52 batters over 56 innings in the announced 5.46 ERA.
By the guests’ dugout, House and Ryan knew it was over. The house has been followed by Johnson, a friendly University of Southern California alumnus, since the pitcher day of college. Ryan was once a wildfire firefighter himself, leading the league in eight walks in an 11-year span. In 1989, however, which was Ryan’s first season in the House, the 42-year-old made over 300 strikes for the first time in ten years while walking was only 98.
He and Home want to help Johnson. The meeting was scheduled early, before the others arrived at the Kingdom. Three men talked about Johnson’s technological problems, and the House gave an important suggestion: He wanted Johnson to land on the ball of his foot instead of on his ankle while walking. to the plate. The results were immediate.
“I lost my arm, fell to the third side, and that information helped me stay balanced,” Johnson said. “I did not play for the Texas Rangers, but Tom has helped me. That meeting had a huge impact.”
Johnson closed his season by striking 117 batters over his final 11 starts when walking just 47 and shaving up two runs from his ERA. The month he hit 18 Rangers batters – an event that got further alarmed when Johnson confirmed the House with his improvements.