Ryan Garko Sees First Major League Baseball Action With Cleveland Indians
Sept. 18, 2005
Cleveland, Ohio - Ryan Garko (2000-03) became the 74th former Stanford Baseball player to participate in a Major League contest when he made his MLB debut for the Cleveland Indians in an 11-0 home win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Garko, who has been with Cleveland since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo on September 2, struck out in his first Major League at bat as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Indians third-round pick of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft and the organization's 2004 Minor League Player of the Year was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection at Stanford and a First Team All-American as a senior. He finished his Stanford career with a .350 batting average (#9T Stanford career list), 39 homers (#9 Stanford career list) and 191 RBI (#7T Stanford career list) in 218 games played and 198 starts. He was also known for his post-season prowess with a career .389 (21-54) batting average at the College World Series and is one of only two Stanford players ever to be named twice to the All-CWS team. Garko capped his collegiate career with a tremendous senior season as he added Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year honors to his First Team All-American status, hitting .402 with 18 homers and a school-record-tying 92 RBI.
He is the 12th former Stanford Baseball player to suit up in a Major League baseball uniform in 2005, joining Joe Borchard (Chicago White Sox), Eric Bruntlett (Houston Astros), Brian Dallimore (San Francisco Giants), John Gall (St. Louis Cardinals), Jody Gerut (Cleveland Indians/Chicago Cubs/Pittsburgh Pirates), Mike Gosling (Arizona Diamondbacks), Jeremy Guthrie (Cleveland Indians), Jeffrey Hammonds (Washington Nationals), A.J. Hinch (Philadelphia Phillies), David McCarty (Boston Red Sox) and Mike Mussina (New York Yankees) on the elite list.
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