Madson in 2007 while with the Phillies
August 28, 1980 |
Long Beach, California
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|September 27, 2003 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.59|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 Phillies in the 9th round (254th overall) of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.
Professional baseball career
Lowly 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.
When Brad Lidge was placed on the disabled list on June 9, 2009, Ryan Madson was chosen to be the Phillies' choice for interim closer. Madson got his first save in his new role on June 10, 2009 against the New York Mets.
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.
Madson began the 2011 season once again as the Phillies' main set-up reliever. However, with Lidge and Jose Contreras on the disabled list in May 2011, Madson was chosen to close for the Phillies. as of August 21, 2011[update], Madson converted 23 saves in 25 opportunities and retained the closer role even after Lidge returned from the DL in July. Madson finished 2011 with 32 saves, 62 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.37.
During the 2011-12 offseason, Madson agreed to a one year $8.5 million contract. Before the end of Spring Training, Madson had a torn ligament in his right elbow, requiring Tommy John Surgery, and was eliminated for the 2012 season. He never pitched for the Reds, as he declined his option on October 31 and became a free agent.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Madson agreed to a one-year deal with the Angels for 2013. He began the 2013 season on the 15-day disabled list due to still recovering from the Tommy John surgery. Later in the season, the Angels transferred Madson to the 60-day disabled list. He was released on August 5.
- Jim Salisbury. "Ryan Madson becomes Phillies' closer". Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "Lidge to DL; Madson should pick up saves". ESPN.
- "Madson now Phillies closer". CBS.
- AP. "Utley's homer powers Phillies past Mets in 11". Fox Sports.
- Haft, Chris (2010-10-24). "SF wins on Juan's swing; Philly KO'd, looking". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
- Reds complete agreement on one-year deal with closer Ryan Madson | reds.com: News
- Cincinnati Reds closer Ryan Madson to miss season for elbow - ESPN
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
|Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher