Former Gent Ryan Selected to MLB All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 5, 2005


BALTIMORE, Md – Former Centenary baseball player and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher BJ Ryan has been selected to his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game appearance. Ryan becomes the first former Gent to be selected as an All-Star in program history.


Serving as Baltimore’s primary closer for the first time in 2005, Ryan helped pace the O’s to a 44-38 record and second place in the American League East standings.  He has a 1-2 record with a 2.58 ERA and 58 strikeouts, while his 18 saves are tied for sixth best in the AL and tied for 11th best in the majors.  One of four Orioles to make the All-Star squad, Ryan is the only pitcher on the team to do so.


Ryan wore the Maroon and White for the Gents for two seasons in 1995 and ’96.  The local product and Airline HS graduate compiled a 12-9 record for Centenary with a 5.11 career ERA.  His 15 games started and seven complete games in 1996 are tied for third and seventh in a season all-time.  Ryan is also only one of five Gents to have tossed more than 100 innings in a season, recording 100.2 in ’96.


After attending Centenary, Ryan played two years at Southwest Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette) before being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 17th round of the 1998 draft.  He was traded to the Orioles on July 31, 1999 with P Jacobo Sequea in exchange for P Juan Guzman and cash.


Centenary College is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 890. Founded in 1825 and located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.