The leading United States' baseball pitcher -- Nolan Ryan -- was very successful with the California Angels team last season.
SV Ryan pitching as crowd watch
GV Ryan pitches and man strikes ball
CU Tom Morgan speaking and SV Ryan pitching:
GV Ryan pitching (improve his control)
CU Ryan speaks to camera:
GV striker missing and walking away PAN TO Ryan
"His curve ball is as good as his fast ball. Its fast-breaking and the hitter doesn't know whether its the fast ball or the curve ball coming in there. They can't pick the spin up on it, its very hard. But we've been working on a change-up this year, so we are trying to get in three pitches this year".
"Well, I don't set personal goals. I would like to win plenty again this year, and increase my winning percentage. I feel like that if...er... I could lose fewer games than I did last year, I'd be of more benefit to the club."
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This film is accompanied by interviews with Ryan and coach Morgan and a commentary by a TVN reporter which are transcribed over the page:
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Background: The leading United States' baseball pitcher -- Nolan Ryan -- was very successful with the California Angels team last season. As the new one begins, he seems set to do even better.
His main weapon last season was that he made it exceptionally difficult for the strikers to sport the difference between his fast ball and his curve ball.
This season he is adding the change-up to his pitching repetoire.
He is expected to beat his amazing record of last season when he gained 383 "strike outs", "non-hitters" and 21 "wins".
SYNOPSIS: Nolan Ryan did everything but win the Young award last year with the California Angles -- all time "strikeout" record of three-eighty-three. "two no hitters", twenty-one "victories". Ryan credits his improved curve ball for much of his success, and pitching coach Tom Morgan agrees.
And his main emphasis this season, he says, is to improve his control.
For the record, Ryan has been nineteen and sixteen and twenty-one and sixteen with the Angles -- and they have been a losing club. Ryan says he knows the American league hitters now and he should be even better.