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After tearing up indy league, Ryan Garko gets a look from the Rays

May 14, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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The Atlantic League is losing its star power.

One day after Felix Pie left to join the Braves’ Triple-A club, Ryan Garko signed a minor league deal with the Rays on Monday.

The 31-year-old Garko was leading the Atlantic League with a 1.219 OPS this season, hitting .450/.535/.683 with four homers and 16 RBI.

Garko was last seen in the majors briefly in 2010, going 3-for-33 with the Rangers. He spent last year in Korea. He had his best season with the Indians in 2007, hitting .289/.359/.483 with 21 homers in 484 at-bats.

  1. Old Gator - May 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Garko has a history of PED usag, though not something that MLB tests for. Looky here:

  2. sabatimus - May 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM


    • bloodysock - May 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Yeah, how does car racing translate to MLB.

    • istillbelieveinblue - May 15, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      From Wikipedia: Indie is a shortform of “independence” or “independent”.

  3. Vindickative - May 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    One of the highlights on Brian Sabean’s resume. Garko showed up on the Giants in mid-2009 and did nothing. His inability to get a hit was glaring even on the lowest-scoring team in the league.

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