May 29, 1967 |
|July 8, 1992, for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1998, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Earned run average||3.98|
He would be a relief pitcher throughout his MLB career. Yet In the second game of a doubleheader at Dodger Stadium on July 8, 1992, Ripley's big-league debut turned out to also be his only time as a starter.
Pressed into duty by manager Felipe Alou when the Expos needed to play two doubleheaders against the Los Angeles Dodgers in three days, Risley was the winning pitcher, going five innings and allowing the Dodgers just four hits, with relievers Bill Sampen and Mel Rojas closing out a 4-1 victory.
That turned out to be Risley's only appearance at all for Montreal during the 1992 season. And he would be used just twice out of the bullpen in 1993, pitching in 41 games in the minors, before Montreal placed him on waivers. Risley was claimed by Seattle, where he became a reliable middle reliever on the Mariners' staff.
A career highlight came in 1995, when Risley pitched in the first four games of the American League division playoffs against the New York Yankees, earning a save in Game 4. Ace starter Randy Johnson's three innings of relief in an 11-inning victory in Game 5 sent Seattle on to the 1995 American League Championship Series, where Ripley saw action again against the Cleveland Indians.
Seattle did not get to the World Series that year (and still hasn't). Risley was traded that December to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he spent the last three seasons of his career.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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