Ryan Madson, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Oakland Athletics, #44


Date of Birth: 8/28/1980
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
Current Salary: $7,666,667
Nickname: Mad Dog

Ryan Madson, relief pitcher/closer for the Oakland Athletics, was first drafted in 1998 by the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched in the minor leagues as a starter from 1998 through 2003. His start in the major leagues came in 2003 when he pitched 2.0 innings in one game with the Phillies.

Madson had his first full season in the major leagues in 2004, pitching 77.0 innings in relief for the Phillies. He finished the season with 9 wins to 3 losses, 1 save, 55 strikeouts to 19 walks, and a 2.34 ERA in 52 games. The following season, he had a 4.14 ERA in 87.0 innings in 78 games.

In 2006, Madson was both a starter (17 games) and a reliever (16 games) with the Phillies. That year, he had career highs in innings pitched (134.1), wins (11 to 9 losses), and strikeouts (99 to 50 walks). He had a 5.76 ERA.

Madson first became a closer for the Phillies in 2009. He finished the season with 5 wins to 5 losses, 10 saves, and a 3.26 ERA in 77.1 innings in a career high 79 games. The following year, he lost his closer position but he regained it for part of the 2011 season. He finished that season with a career high 32 saves and a 2.37 ERA in 60.2 innings in 62 games.

Madson became a free agent in October, 2011. He signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds on January 13, 2012. However, he never played for the Reds. He had Tommy John surgery during Spring training in 2012 and he missed the entire season.

Madson became a free agent again on November 3, 2012, and he signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels on November 28th. After a difficult recovery from his 2012 surgery, he was released by the Angels on August 5, 2013, without having played any games with them.

In January, 2014, Madson decided to retire. A year later, on January 4, 2015, he came out of retirement to sign a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. He had a good year with the Royals in 2015, finishing with a career low ERA of 2.13 in 63.1 innings in 68 games.

Madson entered free agency once again on November 2, 2015. A month later, on December 11, 2015, he signed a three-year, $22 million contract with the Athletics. In 2016, he had a 3.62 ERA, 6 wins and 7 losses, 49 strikeouts to 20 walks, and 30 saves in 64.2 innings in 63 games.

Career pitching statistics for Madson through 2016 include:

  • 622 games played
  • 758.0 innings pitched
  • 54-39 win-loss record
  • 85 saves
  • 654 strikeouts to 225 walks
  • 3.48 ERA

Personal Life

Madson's uncle, Steve Barr, played in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers from 1969 through 1975.

Madson and his wife Sarah have five children.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Ryan Madson
ESPN - Ryan Madson