Ryan Dempster

Ryan Scott Dempster (born May 3, 1977), is a Canadian former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox. Dempster batted and threw right-handed. He was both a starter and a reliever, in his career.

On April 22, 2014, Dempster was hired by MLB Network as a studio color analyst.[1]

Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster on June 14, 2013
Dempster with the Boston Red Sox
Born: May 3, 1977 (age 42)
Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 1998, for the Florida Marlins
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2013, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record132–133
Earned run average4.35
Career highlights and awards
Incoming Member of the Canadian
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Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the 1995 MLB draft and began his career with the Gulf Coast Rangers. He subsequently played for the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Kane County Cougars and the Charleston RiverDogs. Dempster was traded to the Florida Marlins on August 8, 1996 (with Rick Helling) for John Burkett

Florida Marlins (1998–2002)

Dempster made his major league debut for the Marlins, working two innings of relief, on May 23, 1998 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing three earned runs on two hits in that game. He later made his first start on June 1 against the Chicago Cubs, lasting only 1 1/3 innings as he was shelled for five runs while allowing 4 hits (including 2 home runs) and walking 3, to record his first career loss. After falling to 0–3 he got his first Major League win on June 28 against the Boston Red Sox, when he allowed only 1 run in 7 innings. He was 1–5 with a 7.08 ERA in 14 appearances (11 starts) that season. He started 25 games in 1999 and finished 7–8 with a 4.71 ERA.

In 2000, Dempster was 13–10 with a 3.66 ERA in 33 starts, including 2 complete games and 1 shutout. On May 7, 2000, he tossed a one-hitter against the New York Mets.[2] He was selected to the 2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. His stats slipped a bit in 2001 as he went 15–12 with a 4.94 ERA in 34 starts. In 2002, he made 18 starts for the Marlins and was 5–8 with a 4.79 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds (2002–2003)

The Marlins traded Dempster to the Cincinnati Reds on July 11, 2002 for Juan Encarnación, Wilton Guerrero and Ryan Snare. In 15 starts the second half of the season, he was 5–5 with a 6.19 ERA.

In the 2003 season, he made 20 starts (and 2 relief appearances) and was 3-7 with a 6.54 ERA. In August 2003, he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and missed the rest of the season.

Chicago Cubs (2004–2012)

After his release by the Reds, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs on January 21, 2004. After rehabbing from his surgery, he joined the Cubs on August 1 and appeared in 23 games, all out of the bullpen. He picked up his first career save on September 15, 2004 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2005, after starting 6 games, Dempster was named the closer for the Cubs, replacing LaTroy Hawkins.

He collected 33 saves in 35 opportunities, the best save percentage in the league; in both blown saves, he collected the win. He is the only Cub and one of just three players ever to both start a game and collect 30 saves in the same season. On October 1, 2005, the Cubs signed him through 2008 in a US$15.5 million contract extension.[3][4]

Dempster pitching for the Chicago Cubs in April 2007

He emerged as one of the team's most consistent relievers in 2007. At one point, Lou Piniella, the Cubs' manager, was considering promoting Dempster to a starting pitcher.[5] However, the idea was short lived, as a struggling bullpen forced Dempster to remain as closer. He recorded 16 saves in 18 opportunities before missing two weeks of playtime on account of an injured oblique muscle.[4]

During 2008 spring training, Dempster's performance resulted in his being designated to the third spot on the starting rotation, with the closer job going to Kerry Wood. On April 3, 2008, he earned his first win as a home starter since a 2002 win with the Marlins against the Cubs.[6] On May 15, 2008, Dempster recorded a career high 12 strikeouts in a game. He pitched 8​13rd innings, and gave up only 6 hits. On July 8, 2008 he became the first Cubs pitcher in 31 seasons to start 10–0 at home.[7] Dempster finished the season with 17–6 record, with 2.96 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 201 and 2/3 innings. Dempster threw sliders 32.9% of the time in 2008, more than any other NL starting pitcher.[8]

Dempster opened the Cubs 2008 postseason campaign against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 26, 2008.[9] Dempster accumulated a high pitch count early and, after he was unable to get outs with 0–2 counts twice, he surrendered a grand slam to James Loney and was pulled in favor of Sean Marshall.

He led the majors in sacrifice hits, with 19.[10]

Following the 2008 season, Dempster re-signed with the Cubs for four years and a reported $52 million.[11]

In May 2009 MLB indicated that the Commissioner's Office would review Dempster's up-and-in pitch to Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. Cubs manager Lou Piniella commented, "You've got to tie Braun up from time to time. If you don't, he's going to feast on you."[12] After reviewing the tapes, however, Major League Baseball found no wrongdoing on Dempster's part, and decided not to take any action against him.[13]

Dempster finished the season with a 3.65 ERA and a record of 11–9 in 31 starts.[14]

In 2010, he was 15–12 with a 3.85 ERA in 34 starts and in 2011 he was 10–14 with a 4.80 ERA in 34 starts.

Texas Rangers (2012)

On July 31, 2012 Dempster was traded to Texas at the trade deadline, for minor leaguers Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks. He made his Rangers debut on August 2, 2012. Dempster had a 5.09 ERA with a 7–3 record in 12 games. He pitched 69 innings and had 70 strikeouts with the Rangers.[15]

Boston Red Sox (2013)

Dempster signed a two-year contract worth $26.5 million with the Boston Red Sox after the 2012 season.[16] He is tied for the most regular season grand slams allowed (11) with Kenny Rogers. Dempster has also allowed one in the postseason, for a grand total of 12.

On August 18, 2013, in a game against the rival New York Yankees, Dempster was involved in a contentious incident with Alex Rodriguez. The first time he faced Rodriguez, he threw one pitch behind him, then subsequently, Dempster's 3–0 pitch struck Rodriguez on the left elbow pad and ricocheted off his back. Although home plate umpire Brian O'Nora warned Dempster and both dugouts, Dempster was allowed to stay in the game. Later, in the top of the 6th inning, Dempster gave up a home run to Rodriguez and the Red Sox lost the game 9-6.[17] On August 20, MLB gave Dempster a five-game suspension (though he did not miss a start) and an undisclosed fine for hitting Rodriguez.[18] For a couple of years following the incident, Dempster claimed he did not mean to hit Rodriguez then finally admitted in August 2016 the incident was, indeed, intentional.[19]

Dempster finished the 2013 season at 8–9 with a 4.57 ERA in 32 games (29 starts). He was part of the 25-man active roster for the postseason making 3 relief appearances and won his first championship title when the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.


On February 16, 2014, Dempster announced he would not pitch in 2014, stating that he wanted to spend some time with his family. The Red Sox placed Dempster on the restricted list for the 2014 season. His salary for 2014 was $13.25 million, but was never paid or granted due to his absence.[20]

On October 8, 2014, Dempster announced his retirement.[21] On December 5, it was announced that Dempster would be taking a job in the Cubs' front office as an assistant to general manager Jed Hoyer and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.[22]

In January 2017, Dempster indicated he would pitch for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[23] He started two games for Canada in the Classic, pitching a total of only 2⅓ innings while giving up 7 earned runs.[24]

Pitching style

Dempster threw five pitches with some regularity: a four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball averaging about 90 mph, a cut fastball in the high 80s, a slider in the mid 80s, and a splitter in the low 80s. Dempster favored his slider over his splitter when throwing to right-handed hitters and often imparted an obvious, prolonged wiggle to his glove [25] as part of his windup, a move he claims is done in order to prevent tipping opposing batters to his pitches.[26][27]

Personal life

Dempster is widely known for his laid-back attitude, constantly joking with fans and teammates, and is said to be a positive contribution to a team's clubhouse. Dempster's fun and easy-going personality was especially evident when, in comments to an Arizona newspaper in March 2007, Dempster stated that if his career as a closer began to tumble, he would pursue ninja training.[28]

In early June 2009, Dempster released a statement explaining that his daughter, Riley Dempster, had DiGeorge Syndrome, also known as Velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS), 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and Shprintzen syndrome (after Dr. Robert Shprintzen who identified it in 1978). About 1 baby in 1800 is born with this genetic deletion which ubiquitously affects swallowing, breathing, and speech. Dempster did this because he wanted to help raise awareness of this genetic disease. When asked if she would lead a normal life, he replied, "Yeah, she will. There can be (problems), but so far all the signs are good. There's a lot of work to do. They say there are 186 symptoms you can have. You just check off ones as you go along." After roughly 2 months in the hospital, Riley was able to go home in early June.[29]

Awards and honors

See also


  1. ^ "Ryan Dempster joins MLB Network as studio analyst". MLB.com. April 22, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  2. ^ 2001 Official Major League Baseball Fact Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News. 2001. p. 163. 0-89204-646-5.
  3. ^ "Cubs give Dempster three-year, $15.5M extension". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 1, 2005. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Cubs forced to shelve Ryan Dempster". CBC Sports. Associated Press. June 26, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  5. ^ "Lou changes mind, keeps Dempster in Cubs' bullpen". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 21, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  6. ^ Rough inning doesn't doom Dempster – ChicagoSports.com Archived April 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Dempster wins first 10 of 2008 at home as Cubs beat up Reds". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  8. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2009 » Pitchers » Pitch Type Statistics - FanGraphs Baseball".
  9. ^ "MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings, Rumors, Fantasy Games". Yahoo Sports.
  10. ^ "2008 Major League Baseball PH/HR/Situ Hitting - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  11. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (November 18, 2008). "Cubs, Dempster agree to four-year deal Base contract of $52 million keeps All-Star where he wants to be". MLB.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  12. ^ Wittenmyer, Gordon (May 13, 2009). "CUBS IN BRIEF: Ruling on Bradley's suspension expected today". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 13, 2009.
  13. ^ "Hardball: Dempster cleared by MLB; Bradley decision on deck". blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com.
  14. ^ "Ryan Dempster Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Rangers get Ryan Dempster".
  16. ^ "Dempster looks to be reliable arm in rotation". Boston Red Sox. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  17. ^ Marchand, Andrew. "Spoilers aplenty at Fenway as Yanks win 9-6 over Boston". espn.go.com. ESPN. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  18. ^ Nightengale, Bob (August 20, 2013). "MLB suspends Ryan Dempster 5 games for hitting A-Rod". USA Today. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  19. ^ Halim, George (August 7, 2016). "Dempster admits to plunking A-Rod in 2013". The Score. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  20. ^ Snyder, Matt (February 16, 2014). "Ryan Dempster to sit out 2014 season". cbssports.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  21. ^ Gleeman, Ryan (October 8, 2014). "Ryan Dempster is retiring after 16 seasons". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  22. ^ Rogers, Jesse (December 5, 2014). "Ryan Dempster working for Cubs". espn.go.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  23. ^ Laymance, Austin (January 14, 2017). "Ryan Dempster, Eric Gagne join Team Canada". MLB.com. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  24. ^ Griffin, Richard (March 12, 2017). "Team Canada's WBC performance no classic". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  25. ^ dcwildcat97 (24 August 2012). "Ryan Dempster with glove twitch windup, pitches to Nick Markakis 8/20/12" – via YouTube.
  26. ^ "Sat. Pitcher Scouting Reports: Dempster & Diamond".
  27. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Ryan Dempster". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  28. ^ Trotto, Sarah (March 21, 2007). "Cubs closer has goals: save 50 games, learn to use nunchucks". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on September 29, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  29. ^ "Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster and infant daughter fight rare disease". June 8, 2009, Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on July 12, 2009.

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2008 Chicago Cubs season

The 2008 Chicago Cubs season was the 137th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 133rd in the National League and the 93rd at Wrigley Field. The season began at home on March 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs were champions of the National League Central Division for the second year in a row, accumulating 97 regular season wins—the most since 1945. It was the first time since 1908 that the Cubs made postseason appearances in consecutive seasons.At the All-Star break in July, the Cubs led the NL Central and were tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the best record in the major leagues. They tied a National League record with eight players selected to the All-Star team.On September 20, the Cubs clinched the NL Central championship with a 5–4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite their regular season success, the team did not advance past the first round of the playoffs; they were swept 3–0 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

Lou Piniella, in his second year as the Cubs' manager, won the National League's Manager of the Year Award in 2008. In addition, catcher Geovany Soto won the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

2008 National League Division Series

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(1) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 97–64) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champions, 84–78): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 92–70) vs. (4) Milwaukee Brewers (Wild Card qualifier, 90–72): Phillies win series, 3–1.The underdog Dodgers swept the Cubs to advance to the NLCS, while the Phillies defeated the Brewers by three games to one. The series marked the first postseason series victory for the Dodgers since winning the 1988 World Series, and the first such victory for the Phillies since the 1993 NLCS.

2009 Chicago Cubs season

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List of Miami Marlins team records

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In baseball, a slider is a breaking ball pitch that tails laterally and down through the batter's hitting zone; it is thrown with less speed than a fastball but greater than the pitcher's curveball.

The break on the pitch is shorter than that of the curveball, and the release technique is 'between' those of a curveball and a fastball. The slider is similar to the cutter, a fastball pitch, but is more of a breaking ball than the cutter. The slider is also known as a yakker or a snapper.

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