Ryan Madson

Ryan Madson

Madson in 2007 while with the Phillies
Oakland Athletics – No. 44
Relief pitcher
Born: (1980-08-28) August 28, 1980
Long Beach, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 27, 2003, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through October 1, 2016)
Win–loss record 54–39
Earned run average 3.47
Strikeouts 654
Saves 85
Career highlights and awards

Ryan Michael Madson (born August 28, 1980) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003 to 2011 and the Kansas City Royals in 2015, winning a World Series with each team. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim but never played a game for either team due to injuries.

Madson throws three types of fastballs. His four-seamer and sinker both average 95 miles per hour. He also throws a cut fastball that averages 93 mph, and a circle changeup around 85 mph.[1]

Education and draft

Madson graduated from Valley View High School (Moreno Valley, California) in 1998 with a 3.5 GPA. His uncle, Steve Barr, was in the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers systems from 1969–1975. Madson was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 9th round (254th overall) of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft.

Professional baseball career

Philadelphia Phillies

Highly regarded by the Phillies ever since they drafted him, Madson got to the major league level for good in 2004 as a relief pitcher. In 2005, he started out well, but appeared to wear down late in the season, finishing with a 4.14 ERA in 87 innings.

The Phillies had high hopes for Madson in 2006, when they converted him back to a starter, the role he held throughout his minor league career. But after struggling as a starter, he was returned to the bullpen to make room for Cole Hamels.

By 2008 Madson had become part of the "bridge to Lidge (closer Brad Lidge)", developing into an outstanding set-up man. With a devastating changeup, Madson found increased velocity, hitting as high as 97 miles per hour in the NLCS. Madson earned his first playoff victory when the Philles defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS. He pitched 1 23 innings, striking out one while allowing one hit and one walk.

When Brad Lidge was placed on the disabled list on June 9, 2009, Ryan Madson was the Phillies' choice for interim closer.[2][3][4] Madson got his first save in his new role on June 10, 2009 against the New York Mets.[5]

In Game 6 of the 2010 National League Championship Series, Madson was the losing pitcher when he gave up a solo home run to Juan Uribe in the eighth inning of a 3–2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.[6]

Madson began the 2011 season once again as the Phillies' main set-up reliever. However, with Lidge and José Contreras on the disabled list in May 2011, Madson was chosen to close for the Phillies. as of August 21, 2011, Madson converted 23 saves in 25 opportunities and retained the closer role even after Lidge returned from the DL in July. Madson finished the season with 32 saves, 62 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.37.

A free agent, Madson was close to negotiating a four-year, $44 million contract to remain with the Phillies, but Phillies general manager Rubén Amaro, Jr. reneged on the verbal agreement and instead signed Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year $50 million deal to replace Madson as the team's closer.[7]

Cincinnati Reds

During the 2011–12 offseason, Madson agreed to a one-year $8.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.[8] Before the end of spring training, Madson had a torn ligament in his right elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery, and missed the entire 2012 season.[9] He never pitched for the Reds, as he declined his option on October 31 and became a free agent.[10]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On November 28, 2012, Madson agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[11][12] He began the 2013 season on the 15-day disabled list as he attempted to recover from the Tommy John surgery.[13] Later in the season, the Angels transferred Madson to the 60-day disabled list.[14] He was released on August 5 without appearing in a game.[15][16]

Madson tried out with several teams in January 2014 but received no minor league deals from them, so he retired.[7][17]

Kansas City Royals

After missing three seasons because of his recovery from injury, Madson agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals in January 2015, that included an invitation to spring training.[18] The deal would allow Madson to earn $1 million if he reached the majors and made his incentives. Royals advisor Jim Fregosi Jr. had asked Madson to tutor high school prospect Johnny Morrell, which eventually led to Madson joining the team.[17]

Madson formed an effective late game reliever in the Royals' bullpen alongside Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera, after closer Greg Holland was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery shortly before the postseason.[17] In Game 4 of the 2015 ALDS against the Houston Astros, Madson gave up two home runs which put the Royals behind 6-2 with six outs until elimination, however the Royals rallied to win the game and eventually the series. In Game 6 of the 2015 ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, Madson surrendered a game-tying two run homer to Jose Bautista, but the Royals scored the game winning run in the bottom of the same inning to win the game and the series.[7]

Oakland Athletics

On December 11, 2015, Madson signed a three-year contract worth $22 million with the Oakland Athletics.[19]

Personal life

Madson is married to Sarah,[20] with whom he has five children.[21][22]

Since his Tommy John surgery, at the suggestion of his Anaheim Angels teammates, Madson has trained with EVO Ultrafit in Phoenix, Arizona and carries around a POV Sport, an electrical modality, with him at all times during the season.[23]


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Preceded by
Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher
Succeeded by
Billy Wagner
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