Rio de Janerio Capybaras (1997-2010, 2013-2014)
Cozumel Mayans (2011-2012)
Stockholm Swedes (2015)
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2022
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.