What you might know know is that through his first five seasons with the New York Mets his record was only 29-38. No one in major league baseball had a more talented arm or could throw the ball harder, but talent is never enough if you are interested in being the best.
Here is how Ryan explained is process of improvement in "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions" by John Maxwell:
"All I knew was to throw as hard as I could for as long I could. Early in my career in the big leagues, when I would get in trouble I would resort back to that mindset. Finally, after being unsuccessful with the approach -- I learned that when I was just throwing hard I was throwing wild and walking guys and losing games -- it finally dawned on me. If I didn't make an adjustment or change, then I was going to be one of those players who was very gifted, but didn't make a lot out of it...A lot of people get here with the God-given ability, the gift that they received. But to stay here and have a lengthy career takes a commitment to make sacrifices that most won't continually make. Talent may get your here, but it takes work, real work, to stay here, and it takes development of the mental side of your game to separate yourself on this level."