Though he failed to hit as high as .200 in seven of his 11 ML seasons, Ryan was kept
for his outstanding defensive skills. He only twice caught over 100 games, once each
for the Red Sox and Phillies. After managing and instructing in the minors, he became
a Phillies coach in 1980.
»May 2, 1970: During a 7–1 loss to the Giants, the Phillies lose both of their catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan, with broken hands in successive innings. The two will miss a combined total of 197 games with both coming back in early September. Jim Hutto is hastily brought in to catch. The Phillies will call up the likes of Del Bates and Mike Compton and even use bullpen coach Doc Edwards, who will bat .269 in 35 games.
»September 19, 2002:
Minnesota rookie OF Mike Ryan gets two hits, scores two runs, and drives home two runs, all in the 1st inning of his ML debut. Unfortunately, the game is rained out after two innings and all records are washed away.