Ryan Klesko
First Baseman
Rio de Janerio Capybaras (1997-2010, 2013-2014)
Cozumel Mayans (2011-2012)
Stockholm Swedes (2015)
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2022
 
.
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
OPS
SB
E
1999
.338
162
653
98
221
17
0
49
119
32
48
.965
6
0
2000
.328
118
457
76
150
21
1
36
94
41
53
.997
1
0
2001
.348
141
554
80
193
29
0
32
108
42
51
.970
1
0
2002
.330
162
636
84
210
35
1
33
82
49
49
.925
2
0
2003
.318
162
651
109
207
32
0
45
129
40
61
.934
3
0
2004
.340
162
662
115
225
30
0
43
122
45
56
.968
3
0
2005
.306
158
628
100
192
36
0
29
84
44
61
.858
1
0
2006
.336
162
667
107
224
22
0
50
139
48
58
.978
6
0
2007
.308
162
634
60
195
26
0
22
91
46
55
.811
5
0
2008
.323
162
634
80
205
30
1
31
89
47
49
.892
5
0
2009
.338
162
647
99
219
28
2
36
109
45
56
.937
1
0
2010
.336
162
646
101
217
32
0
44
124
38
49
.965
5
0
2011
.386
161
647
94
250
32
0
48
122
46
36
1.086
4
0
2012
.316
162
646
89
204
23
1
40
114
44
48
.915
2
1
2013
.325
158
624
97
203
32
0
40
99
28
44
.926
5
12
2014
.312
162
632
86
197
30
1
33
104
43
51
.872
9
2
2015
.262
138
497
43
130
20
1
18
51
32
49
.724
2
32
TOTALS
.326
2945
11585
1686
3772
538
8
675
1995
827
1026
.922
72
82
* Stats from '97 and '98 seasons missing from archives

All-time RBI king at the time of his induction, Ryan Klesko's career spanned three decades and three teams. The first baseman was originally signed by the Rio de Janerio Capybaras as an outfielder where he began his Weaver League career patrolling left field before being moved to the infield. Not the fleetest of foot, he more than made up for it with a keen eye at the plate, a strong tendency towards the long ball and a great ability to come through when his teammates needed him the most.

Right from the get-go, Ryan was a key cog in the wheel of a Rio machine that saw great success for a decade and a half. A model of consistency, he was among the leaders in offensive categories throughout his career. He hit 30 or more home-runs 14 times from 1999 until 2014, including 50 in 2006. He drove in 100 or more runs 11 times in his career. Opposing pitchers, well aware of his prowess at the plate, would often rather give up the walk than risk more damage. Perhaps his finest season came in 2006 where he batted .336, hit 50 HRs and drove in 139 runs.

After 14 seasons in a Capybara uniform, he was dealt to the Cozumel Mayans in 2011 where he enjoyed great success against Inferno League pitchers. That year, Ryan batted .386, hit 48 HRs and had an astonishing OPS of 1.086. Two years later the Capybaras re-acquired Klesko in an effort to re-claim Weaver glory and, in 2014, he helped the team do just that, his fifth and final Weaver Championship ring.

Citing a preference for blondes as the motivating factor, Ryan ended his career with the Stockholm Swedes in 2015. His consistency throughout his career earned him his spot amongst the finest hitters in Weaver history. He ended his career with a batting average of .326, 675 HRs, 1995 RBIs.


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