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American League B.J. Ryan delivers a pitch in the 8th inning of the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Pittsburgh on July 11, 2006. Ryan won the game. The American League won 3-2. (UPI Photo/Pat Benic)
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Robert Victor "B. J.", Ryan, Jr. (born on December 28, 1975 in Bossier City, Louisiana) is a closer in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League. Previously, Ryan played with the Cincinnati Reds (1999) and Baltimore Orioles (1999–2005). He bats and throws left-handed.

In a career that has spanned eight years, Ryan has compiled an 18–23 record with 554 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA in 458 innings pitched.

Ryan started his career as a left-handed specialist. His inability to command his pitches, combined with a history of difficulty facing right-handed batters, prevented him from acquiring a larger role in the bullpen. However, his eccentric, three-quarter, slingshot-like delivery has made him a dominant force against left-handed batters.

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