Former Gent Ryan to Participate in MLB All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

B.J. Ryan

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—For the second consecutive season, former Centenary baseball player and current member of the Toronto Blue Jays, B.J. Ryan, will be participating in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The event takes place this evening at 7 p.m. (CST) at beautiful PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Last season Ryan became the first former Gent to be selected as an All-Star in program history.


After making a name for himself in 2005 as the closer for the Baltimore Orioles, Ryan has become one of the most dependable relievers in the game. At the All-Star break, he is 1-0 with 24 saves in 25 save opportunities for the Blue Jays, while boasting a 0.84 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. He has only surrendered four runs in 39 games this season.


Ryan wore Maroon and White for the Gents for two seasons in 1995 and ’96. The local product (Bossier City, La.) and Airline HS graduate compiled a 12-9 mark 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 one of only 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 known as 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 pitcher Jacobo Sequea in exchange for pitcher Juan Guzman and cash. Ryan then signed a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays for five years worth $47 million.