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63 – Ryan Madson (2011)
Madson was drafted by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 1998 MLB Draft. He made his Major League debut on September 27, 2003, and burst onto the scene in 2004, winning nine with a 2.34 ERA in 55 games.
After a mediocre 2005 in which Madson posted a 4.14 ERA, he struggled to move from being a starter to a reliever in 2006. Madson went 11-9 with a 5.69 ERA, allowing 176 hits in only 134 1/3 innings. He returned to the bullpen in 2007 and never made another start during his career.
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Pitching primarily as a setup man from 2007 through 2010, Madson was extremely consistent, posting ERA’s ranging from 2.55 to 3.26, winning 17 and saving 17. Madson’s best season of his career came in 2011 when he unexpectedly ended up in the closer role.
In 62 games in 2011, Madson posted a record of 4-2 with 32 saves and a 2.37 ERA. In 60 2/3 innings, he allowed 54 hits, 16 walks and only two home runs, while punching out 62. After the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to close, Madson signed with the Reds but a torn ligament that required Tommy John surgery kept Madson out for the 2012 season.
Unable to latch onto a team, Madson retired in 2014 but signed with the Royals in 2015. He hung around the league four more years pitching for four different teams before retiring with 61 wins and 91 saves with a 3.48 ERA.