Ryan Minor

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ryan Minor was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers as the second pick in the second round of the 1996 NBA Draft. However, he never appeared in a game with the 76ers. He decided instead to focus on baseball (he had played in the 1995 College World Series with the University of Oklahoma) and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round of the 1996 amateur draft. Minor quickly soared through the Orioles' minor league system, debuting with the Orioles in 1998 where he batted .429/.429/.500 with 0 HR's and 1 RBI. That September, Minor was best known for replacing Cal Ripken Jr. in the Orioles lineup when Ripken stepped down from his 2,632 consecutive games, ending his historic streak. When placed in the lineup, Minor asked: "Does he know?". He struggled in 1999, batting .194/.241/.323 with 3 HR's and 10 RBI. Minor's struggles continued into the 2000 season, when he only batted .131/.170/.143 with no home runs and only 3 RBI.

The Orioles traded Minor to the Montreal Expos for pitcher Jorge Julio in December 2000. He again struggled in 2001 with his new team, only batting .158/.234/.242 with 2 HR's and 13 RBI. He was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners in November, then failed to make the team out of spring training, struggled in the minors and was released in late May. The next spring, Minor signed another minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers but found himself released in July. Following his release, he signed with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League where he batted .253/.320/.429 with 4 HR's and 11 RBI. In 2004, Minor joined the Atlantic City Surf where he batted .326/.369/.576 with 16 HR's and 45 RBI, which earned him another shot with a major league organization when the Florida Marlins purchased his contract; he was assigned to the AA Carolina Mudcats where he batted .250/.304/.477 with 8 HR's and 33 RBI. In 2005, Minor found himself back in the Atlantic League when he signed with the expansion Lancaster Barnstormers where he batted .268/.347/.491 with 26 HR's and 99 RBI.

At the beginning of the 2006 season, Minor retired and become a coach with the league's traveling team, the Road Warriors. He moved to the York Revolution in 2007 as their hitting and infield coach. In 2008-2009 Minor was the hitting coach of the Delmarva Shorebirds, becoming their manager in 2010. Minor's contract with the Baltimore Orioles was not renewed after the 2019 season as part of a widespread overhaul of the Oriole's scouting and player development systems.

In addition to managing, Minor served as a hitting coach for the 2017 Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. Minor was scheduled to manage the GCL Tigers West in 2020 before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the minor league season.

Ryan is the twin brother of Damon Minor; the two were teammates in college. Ryan passed away from colon cancer at age 49 in 2023.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2010 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 59-81 14th Baltimore Orioles
2011 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 55-85 13th (t) Baltimore Orioles
2012 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 52-86 14th Baltimore Orioles
2013 Frederick Keys Carolina League 61-78 7th Baltimore Orioles
2014 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 66-73 7th Baltimore Orioles
2015 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 71-67 7th Baltimore Orioles
2016 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 73-66 6th Baltimore Orioles
2017 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 59-78 13th Baltimore Orioles
2018 Frederick Keys Carolina League 65-72 6th Baltimore Orioles
2019 Frederick Keys Carolina League 53-84 10th Baltimore Orioles
2021 FCL Tigers West Florida Complex League 18-33 17th Detroit Tigers

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jake Rill: "Ryan Minor, who replaced Ripken to end the streak, passes away at 49", mlb.com, December 22, 2023. [1]

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