ARLINGTON, Texas -- New Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan enjoys being the answer to a trivia question involving one of his newest bosses, Nolan Ryan. Magadan was the last batter to face Ryan when the Hall of Famer tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, ending his career.
"I lie to people and say, ‘He was just scared to face me," Magadan said.
It was Sept. 22, 1993 at Seattle's Kingdome when Magadan stepped in as the sixth batter in the first inning. Ryan said his elbow wasn't feeling good even in warmups.
"I was thinking, ‘Man if I can just get through the game," Ryan said.
He threw a 1-1 pitch for a ball and knew his career was over. Ryan walked off the mound and briefly acknoweldged the crowd, ending his legendary career right then.
"It finally popped," Ryan said. "I had no clue he was the last hitter I faced."
Steve Dreyer came in to relieve Ryan and walked Magadan. Ryan and Magadan talked about that day Wednesday, before the hitting coach was introduced to the media.
"I’m thrilled that we have him," Ryan said. "I think he’s a nice addition to our coaching staff and I think he’ll bring a very positive message."