Comments on: Bill Conlin & Jim Rice This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Andy Thu, 27 Dec 2007 15:54:06 +0000 I had an email chat with Bill Conlin a few years back where he explained to me why he was NOT voting for Nolan Ryan for the HOF. It was the first example I ever experienced of a journalist looking past the no-hitters and strikeouts at more of the numbers. He cited, for example, that Ryan was barely over .500 for his career and had a tremendous number of losses. (Neutralizing Ryan's stats doesn't make too big of a difference in his career W-L record.)

Anyway, that exchange gave me a lot of respect for Conlin. I have to believe what he wrote was some sort of typo.