Ryan impressed by Buehrle's perfection

Updated: July 24, 2009, 11:31 PM ET
By Kevin Ware | Special to ESPNChicago.com

The man with the most no-hitters in baseball history was impressed with Mark Buehrle's display of perfection on Thursday, and Nolan Ryan said he wouldn't rule out Buehrle joining him in the Hall of Fame.

"I think it really depends on what happens between now and when he retires, so you certainly wouldn't rule that out," Ryan said on the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN 1000. "It really comes down to where he's positioned right now, and seeing what happens in the remainder of his career.

"But obviously, playing in the World Series and playing on a World Series winner, those are things that certainly help get you recognition."

Ryan, who is the president of the Texas Rangers, was inducted into the HOF in 1999 after finishing his spectacular career with seven no-hitters, a 324-292 record and a 3.19 ERA over 27 seasons. Ryan also is the career leader with 5,714 strikeouts.

Buehrle, 30, is 133-90 with a 3.76 ERA over 10 seasons. His numbers may never line up with Ryan's, but he does have one notch on his belt that the former fireball pitcher doesn't: A perfect game.

"It was fun to watch the highlights of that game last night," Ryan said.

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