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Robert Victor Ryan Jr.

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[edit] Biographical Information

B.J. Ryan was signed by Reds scout Johnny Almaraz after college. He started the 1999 season with the Chattanooga Lookouts (AA) in the Cincinnati Reds organization and finished the season in the Baltimore Orioles bullpen.

The 2000 season began and ended again with B.J. in the Orioles bullpen, with a 7-week stint in AAA Rochester in between. During his 42 appearances with the 2000 Orioles, he was 4th among American League rookie pitchers. He was selected to participate in the Futures Game at Fenway Park that year but did not pitch.

He appeared in 61 games in 2001, marking his first full season in the Majors. He only allowed opposing first batters to hit .151 (8-53), giving him the 7th-best mark for AL relievers that season.

In the 2002 season he made 67 appearances, tying Jorge Julio for second place on the club.

On May 1, 2003, Ryan won a game without throwing a pitch. He entered the game and picked off a runner to end an inning. The only other time this is known to have happened in a MLB game was to Jim Bluejacket in 1914.

B.J. also had a successful 2004 season. For the second time, he tied the Orioles club record for on deck appearances with 76. He finished that year 4th in the AL among all relievers and he was 1st among lefties in games pitched.

He went 1-4 with Baltimore in 2005, with a 2.43 ERA over 69 games.

He was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006, going 2-2 with an ERA of 1.37 over 65 games, ranking him second among AL relievers (ERA-wise). He converted 11 saves in 11 straight opportunities with his new club.

[edit] Personal Information

Ryan is married with two children (as of 2009).

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AL All-Star (2005 & 2006)
  • 30 Saves Seasons: 3 (2005, 2006 & 2008)

[edit] Related Sites

Jays bio/stats page

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