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Ryan Garko

Ryan Garko
Garko with the Cleveland Indians
First baseman
Born: (1981-01-02) January 2, 1981
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 2005, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 13, 2010, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average .275
Home runs 55
Runs batted in 250

Ryan Francis Garko (born January 2, 1981) is a former ESPN reporter John Sickels as a good hitter who hits to all parts of the field, but with poor defensive instincts.[1] Through 2010, he has a .275 career average, 427 hits, 55 home runs, and 250 RBI in 463 games.

When he attended average.

Garko debuted in 2006 for the Indians, eventually taking over their first base position. In 2007, he hit a career-high 21 home runs in the regular season and batted over .300 for the Indians in the playoffs. Questions about Garko's ability to hit caused him to lose some playing time in 2008, although he managed to have 90 RBI. In 2009, Garko was traded to the Colorado Rockies.

He was hired as an assistant coach at Stanford prior to the 2014 college baseball season.[2]


  • Amateur career 1
    • Early life and high school 1.1
    • College 1.2
  • Professional career 2
    • Cleveland Indians 2.1
      • 2003–2004 seasons 2.1.1
      • 2005 season 2.1.2
      • 2006 season 2.1.3
      • 2007 season 2.1.4
      • 2008 season 2.1.5
      • 2009 season 2.1.6
    • San Francisco Giants 2.2
    • Seattle Mariners 2.3
    • Texas Rangers 2.4
    • KBO and minor leagues 2.5
  • Personal 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Amateur career

Early life and high school

Garko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of three, his family moved to southern California. He attended Saint Angela Merici School in Brea, California, where his mother was a teacher, and attended high school at Servite High School.[3] He graduated from Servite in 1999 alongside future major league players Ben Francisco and Brian Wolfe.[4][5] Also in 1999, Garko played for the USA Baseball Junior National Team.[4] He holds numerous records at Servite High School, including the single-season records in, triples (6), home runs (8), RBIs (52), and the career records in, games played (101), at-bats (314), hits (149), triples (19), home runs (24), RBIs (121), and walks (80).[6] He was also the starting quarterback on the football team for two years.[7] In the classroom, Garko had a 4.2 GPA.[6]


Garko attended Stanford University on a scholarship.[6] He led the Stanford Cardinal baseball team in batting average in his sophomore season (2001) with a .398 clip, and was named their Most Improved Player. He helped Stanford reach the College World Series and hit .583 in the CWS.[8] That summer, he played with the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League, an amateur summer league, and batted .233 with 14 runs, 28 hits, 3 home runs, and 19 RBIs.[9] Next season, in his junior year, Garko was named a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist.[8] During his senior year, he won the award and was named a First Team All-American.[10] He also shared the Pac-10 Conference Baseball of the Year Award with Dustin Pedroia, and was named the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player and Stanford's Most Valuable Player.[8] In his time at Stanford, Garko batted .350 with 60 doubles, 39 home runs, 191 RBIs in 218 games played. He is as of 2013 fifth all-time in doubles at Stanford, seventh in RBIs, and ninth in batting average and home runs.[8] His only problem at Stanford was that he had trouble with controlling his weight.[1] On May 6, 2010, Garko was voted on to a 28-member College World Series Legends Team as a part of a commemoration of the final College World Series in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.[11] The team was voted upon by college baseball fans, college baseball writers, and Division I head coaches.[11]

Professional career

Cleveland Indians

Ryan Garko during his tenure with the Cleveland Indians in 2007.

2003–2004 seasons

Garko was selected as a catcher by the Cleveland Indians in the third round (78th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. On July 8, 2003, he signed a contract with the Indians and was assigned to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York – Penn League.[12] In his first professional season, Garko batted .273 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 45 games. The next season, 2004, he split time between the Class-A Advanced Kinston Indians, the Double-A Akron Aeros, and the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. During April, he was named the "Player of the Month" in the Carolina League.[13] He was also named the 13th best prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America.[14] He batted a combined .330 with 33 doubles, 22 home runs, and 99 RBIs in 113 games with all three leagues. Garko was third in the Carolina League in batting average with a .328 clip, and sixth in home runs with 16.[15] At the end of the season, he was named the Cleveland Indians' minor league player of the year by USA Today.[16] Garko participated in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) at the end of the 2004 season. With the Peoria Javelinas in the AFL, he batted .348 with 40 hits, 5 home runs, and 30 RBIs in 30 games.[9] He was named to the AFL Raising Stars team, an all-star team voted upon by managers and coaches.[17]

2005 season

In 2005, Garko spent spring training with the Indians, but he was returned to the minor leagues before the regular season.[18] He spent most of the season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He hit .303 with 19 home runs, and 77 RBIs in 127 games. Halfway through the 2005 season, Garko was selected to the International League all-star team.[19] He was also selected to the All-Star Futures Game in Detroit, Michigan.[20] On September 18, 2005, Garko made his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals, pinch-hitting for Travis Hafner in the eighth inning and striking out against Chris Demaria.[21] That was his only major league appearance of the year.[22] For the second straight season, Garko played in the Arizona Fall League at the end of the season,[23] this time with the Mesa Solar Sox. He batted .314 with 27 hits, 5 home runs, and 27 RBIs in 23 games.[9]

2006 season

Entering the 2006 season,

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Grady Sizemore
Indians' Minor League Player of the Year
(the Lou Boudreau Award)

Succeeded by
Ryan Mulhern
  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Career statistics and player information from Korea Baseball Organization

External links

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  5. ^ "Brian Wolfe Statistics, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
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  13. ^ Dustin Gouker (May 12, 2004). "Kinston Catcher Garko Is Making a Bench-Mark at the Plate". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
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  30. ^ Andrew Bare (June 30, 2006). "Caught in a bind, Garko goes to first". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  31. ^ Mark Polishuk (September 1, 2006). "Notes: Garko a stabilizing force at first". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  32. ^ Anthony Castrovince (February 22, 2007). "Garko must get defensive to make club". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  33. ^ Anthony Castrovince (March 27, 2007). "Notes: Garko improving at first base". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  34. ^ Dawn Klemish (April 22, 2007). "Garko's homer caps Tribe's big rally". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  35. ^ Anthony Castrovince (April 30, 2007). "Garko clutch in unexpected role". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  36. ^ Anthony Castrovince (June 9, 2007). "Notes: Garko dislikes Interleague Play". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  37. ^ Scott Priestle (July 18, 2007). "Garko delivers in pinch, wins game". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  38. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (October 9, 2007). "Byrd's uplifting outing clinches ALDS". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  39. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (October 22, 2007). "Game 7 slips away from Indians late". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  40. ^ Christopher Harris (March 7, 2008). "Can Ryan Garko take the next step?". Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  41. ^ Anthony Castrovince (May 27, 2008). "Aubrey cutting into Garko's playing time". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  42. ^ Anthony Castrovince (July 2, 2008). "Garko trying to make most of chance". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  43. ^ Anthony Castrovince (August 28, 2008). "Garko's slumbering lumber awakening". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  44. ^ Jamie Turner (August 19, 2008). "Indians Insider: Reformed Garko now a hit". Cleveland.con. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  45. ^ "Indians knock down White Sox on Garko's grand slam". Associated Press. September 27, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  46. ^ "2008 Cleveland Indians". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  47. ^ Anthony Castrovince (January 14, 2009). "Nothing guaranteed for Garko". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  48. ^ Anthony Castrovince (January 16, 2009). "Garko to take a shot at playing outfield". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  49. ^ Anthony Castrovince (January 19, 2009). "Garko preparing for possible transition". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  50. ^ Jesse Temple (June 21, 2009). "Garko sits to rest sprained wrist". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  51. ^ Anthony Castrovince (July 27, 2009). "Giants acquire Garko from Indians". Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
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  53. ^ Haft, Chris (August 19, 2009). "Garko's heroics push Giants past Reds". Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  54. ^ John Shea (September 17, 2009). "Slumping Garko is 3rd at 1st". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  55. ^ Chris Haft (December 12, 2009). "Giants make Garko a free agent". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  56. ^ Doug Miller (February 1, 2010). "Mariners ink Garko to one-year deal". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
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  58. ^ a b c Richard Durrett (April 1, 2010). "Rangers pick up Garko, option Ramirez". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
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Garko resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his spouse Christie, whom he met in 2004.[4] They were on their honeymoon when Garko found out that the Giants had made him a free agent after the 2009 season.[71] He is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.[72]


Was let go after the 2014 season by Stanford..

Ex-big leaguer Ryan Garko will be replacing Dean Stotz on Stanford's coaching staff.

On January 30, 2013, Garko signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He was released before the season on March 23.[66]

Garko signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in March 2012. He started well, leading the league in OPS and placing among the league leaders in batting average before getting signed to a minor league contract by the Tampa Bay Rays on May 14.[69] Garko spent the rest of the season playing for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League, batting .297 with 68 hits, eight home runs, and 40 RBI in 61 games.[70] On November 3, he became a free agent.[66]

[68] Due to injury, he was released on July 12.[67] On December 10, Garko signed a one-year deal with the

KBO and minor leagues

On April 1, Garko was claimed by the Texas Rangers.[58] As a result of his signing, the Rangers optioned Max Ramirez to the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks to make room for Garko on the 25-man roster.[58] The Rangers had shown interest in Garko at the trade deadline in 2009, however, no transaction ever formed and he was sent to the San Francisco Giants.[61] On May 13, The Dallas Morning News reporter Evan Grant reported that the Rangers intended to option Garko to the minor leagues and later place him on outright waivers when outfielder Nelson Cruz was activated from the disabled list, although no transaction was official at the time of the report.[62] Later that day, the Rangers officially optioned Garko to Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed him on waivers after Cruz was activated from the disabled list.[63] On May 13, he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, which removed him from the Rangers' 40-man roster.[64] Garko hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam, with the RedHawks against the Triple-A Portland Beavers on May 21.[65] However, with Oklahoma City in 2010, Garko batted only .235 with only ninety hits and twelve home runs. He became a free agent at the end of the season.[66]

Texas Rangers

However, in the spring, Garko batted only .220 with one home run and four RBIs.[58] On March 30, he was placed on waivers by the Mariners to make room for Tommy Everidge.[60]

Garko signed a one-year $550,000 contract with the Seattle Mariners on February 1, 2010.[56] Garko said that the reason he was signed by Seattle was because he has success against left-handed pitching.[57] He added about signing with the Mariners:

Seattle Mariners

[55] On July 27, 2009, Garko was traded to the

In 2009 Garko was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants

Before spring training in 2009, there was speculation that if Garko did not perform well, he might lose his starting first base job.[47] Garko began practicing the outfield position for the upcoming season.[48] Eric Wedge stated that Garko would in fact be playing the outfield in spring training.[49] On June 21, Garko was held out of the game because of a sprained left wrist.[50]

2009 season

Going into the 2008 season, there were questions surrounding Garko's ability to improve as a hitter.[40] During the early part of the season, Michael Aubrey was playing more than Garko because Garko was having trouble hitting right-handed pitching.[41] Garko was moved down the batting order because of his struggles.[42] In August, Garko stated that he was watching videotape in an attempt to pick up his hitting.[43] On August 6, he was benched for three games by manager Eric Wedge for failing to run on a ground ball he hit.[44] On September 27, Garko hit two home runs, including a grand slam against the Chicago White Sox.[45] At the end of the season, Garko hit .273 with 21 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs and 90 RBIs in 141 games. His 90 RBI tied Grady Sizemore for the team lead.[46]

2008 season

Going into 2007, Anthony Castrovince of reported that Garko would have to improve on the defensive end to make the 25-man roster because the Indians already had a first baseman in Casey Blake.[32] Towards the end of spring training, Indians' manager Eric Wedge noted that Garko had made improvements on defense.[33] He made the 2007 roster out of spring training for the first time in his career. On April 22, Garko hit a game-winning three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.[34] He became the everyday starting first baseman early in the season after Casey Blake moved to third base because of an injury to Andy Marte.[35] He began to dislike interleague play because during it, designated hitter Travis Hafner was moved to first base, which forced Garko to the bench.[36] On July 18, Garko hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning against Chicago White Sox' pitcher Bobby Jenks to tie the score at five-to-five, and then drove in an RBI run for the win in the eleventh inning.[37] During the regular season, Garko batted .289 with 29 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs and 61 RBIs in 138 games. He was third in the league with 20 hit by pitches (an Indians single-season record).[4] In the postseason, he hit .314 with two doubles, one home run, and five RBIs in nine games. The Indians defeated the New York Yankees in four games in the American League Division Series before losing the American League Championship Series in seven games to the Boston Red Sox.[38][39]

2007 season

Garko with the Indians in 2008.

Garko finished the season with a .292 batting average, 12 doubles, seven home runs, and 45 RBIs in 50 games at the major league level. [31] was traded to Seattle.Ben Broussard By September, he was the starting everyday first baseman for the Indians after [30] Although Garko favored his traditional position of catcher, the Indians moved him to first base so he would have a better chance of competing for a major league roster spot.[29].Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim He hit his first home run a little over a month later, on August 10, against the [28].Cincinnati Reds His first major league hit, a double, came on July 1, against the [27] to the Seattle Mariners.Eduardo Pérez He was called up by the Indians on June 30, after Cleveland traded first baseman [26] Garko hit .247 with 15 home runs, and 59 RBIs in 127 games at the Triple-A level. Garko was tied for second in bases on balls (45), and was tied for third in home runs and RBIs on the Bisons' roster at the end of the season.[25] after x-rays turned up negative.disabled list Garko attended spring training with the Indians in 2006. He was sent to Triple-A before the start of the season and began his season with the Buffalo Bisons. He injured his left wrist on April 21, but was not placed on the [24]

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