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Ryan Francis Garko
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 225 lb.
- School Stanford University
- High School Servite High School
- Debut September 18, 2005
- Born January 2, 1981 in Pittsburgh, PA USA
 Biographical Information
Ryan Garko broke in with the Cleveland Indians for one game in 2005, appeared in 50 games at the major league level in 2006, played more or less regularly in 2007, and was a regular in 2008. In his professional career, he has played catcher, DH, and first base.
Garko was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1981 and was a high-school All-American, setting records in five baseball categories, including home runs and RBI, and also getting a 4.2 GPA in his classes. He played in college for Stanford University. In his sophomore year he posted numbers of .368/.448/.562 and was chosen for the 2001 College World Series All-Tournament Team. In his junior year he put up .314/.430/.565. As a senior, his numbers were .402/.482/.703 and he was chosen for the 2003 College World Series All-Tournament Team. He was 0 for 5 with two walks and a sacrifice fly in the 2002 World University Championship.
In 2004, at Kinston in the Carolina League, he had impressive numbers of .328/.425/.609 and was a Baseball America Second Team Minor League All-Star. Also that same year he was at Akron in the Eastern League, with a good performance of .331/.397/.523, and finished up at Buffalo of the International League, hitting .375 in 6 games.
In 2005, he was again at Buffalo, hitting .303/.384/.498. He came up to the Cleveland Indians for one game, striking out in his only at-bat.
In 2006, he did not do as well in Buffalo, with numbers of .248/.353/.421. Coming up to the major league team, he posted (a batting average of .292 and a slugging percentage of .470 in 50 major league games. He also led the International League with 19 times hit by a pitch.
At the age of 25, Garko became a regular player for the Indians in 2007. This was not the original plan of manager Eric Wedge, who had Andy Marte playing third base and Casey Blake at first base to start the year. However, Marte failed to hit, so Blake went back to third base, and Garko was given a chance to play first, which he did not waste, hitting .289/.359/.483 with 29 doubles and 21 home runs in 484 at bats for a 119 OPS+. He was hit by 20 pitches, third in the 2007 AL after David DeJesus and Alex Rodriguez. He hit a home run in Game One of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.
In 2008, Garko fell to a 101 OPS+, not what one expects from a first baseman, as his line was .273/.346/.404. He hit 14 homers and drove in 90. He was third in the 2008 AL in times plunked, with 15, trailing Jason Giambi and Carlos Quentin. He started 2009 with a .285/.362/.464 line in 78 games for the Indians, looking resurgent. He was dealt to the San Francisco Giants for Scott Barnes and faded to .235/.307/.330 in 40 games for the 2009 Giants.
The Seattle Mariners next signed Ryan, but he failed to make the team and was waived. The Texas Rangers picked him up but he went 3 for 33 with three walks and was long gone by the time the club made it to the 2010 World Series. For the minor league Oklahoma City RedHawks, he did not look much better, at .235/.326/.379.
 Notable Achievements
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2007)