Ryan Garko Joins the Detroit Tigers as Vice President of Player Development

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Ryan Garko headshot
Courtesy of Major League Baseball

Al Avila, the executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the Detroit Tigers, announced Ryan Garko has been named the club’s vice president of player development.

Garko has spent the past two seasons on the Major League coaching staff of the Los Angeles Angels, serving as the coaching assistant and instant replay coordinator. There, he focused on the integration of analytics in the clubhouse and dugout, along with offensive game planning.

He played six seasons in the Major Leagues from 2004-2010 after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians, where he played from 2004-2009. He also played with the San Francisco Giants in 2009 and the Texas Rangers in 2010.

He played collegiate baseball at Stanford University, where he was named the 2003 Co-Pac 10 Player of the Year and won the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top catcher in college.

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