Friday, December 10, 2010

Former Giant, Ryan Garko signs with Samsung Lions

Ryan Garko who played for the Giants in 2009, just signed a one-year deal with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization for $300,000.  Garko arrived to the Giants via trade from the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 2009 for LHP Scott Barnes. Garko was slated to be the everyday first baseman and to provide some pop to an anemic offense, but his bat never materialized and he quickly lost playing time and was not resigned by the Giants after the '09 campaign. After his breakout season of 2008, Garko has quickly played his way out of the Major Leagues. Hopefully he'll find his swing in Korea, and will make it back to the Bigs in 2012.

The link below provides his career stats in the Bigs.

Garko pictured here from 2009 ... ironic that he played in 15 games for the Rangers in 2010 before being released

1 comment:

Jim Reiter said...

Someone please look at the play in an August, 2008 game between Cleveland and Tampa Bay that Manager Eric Wedge "totally missed" and, I believe, led to the "beginning of the end" for Ryan Garko.