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World Series Win Caps Off Ryan Madson's Incredible Comeback

After missing 2012-2014, Madson re-established himself as one of the games best relievers in 2015 Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
After missing 2012-2014, Madson re-established himself as one of the games best relievers in 2015
Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

In 1998, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted Ryan Madson in the 9th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Madson made his big league debut for the Phillies in 2003, and became one of the best relievers in baseball as a Phillie until 2011. In that time Madson saw time as a setup man, briefly the closer, and even more briefly a starter. He was a part of big postseason pushes by Philadelphia in '08, '08, '10, and '11. When he hit the free agent market following the 2011 season there were high expectations; he had just come off a 4-2 2.37 32 save season, and promised help in the late innings to any team. The Cincinnati Reds wound up landing him for a one year $8.5 million dollar contract, but Madson would never pitch in a game as a Red. During Spring Training Madson tore a ligament in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery. Following the 2012 season he declined his player option and became a free agent. That winter, the Los Angeles Angels took a gamble on him with a one year contract. Still recovering from the elbow surgery, Madson began the season on the fifteen day disabled list. However, Madson's recovery took longer than expected and he was moved to the 60 day disabled list on June 25th, 2013. The Angels released him on August 5th of 2013, and he became a free agent. Madson remained a free agent until January 4th of 2015 when the Kansas City Royals decided to give him one last shot. Madson signed a minor league contract with an invitation to the Royals Spring Training. Madson impressed in Spring Training and made the opening day bullpen, where he finally made his return to a big league mound on April 6th. Madson wasted no time returning to a top tier reliever, posting a 1.64 E.R.A. in April, followed by a 2.25 and 1.13 in May and June. He finished out the year with a 1-2 record, a 2.13 E.R.A., and three saves. As if Madson's incredible comeback wasn't already complete, he pitched three scoreless innings in the 2015 World Series including a game four win. Madson will once again hit the free agent market, this time as a 35 year old, but still has a lot to offer and will hope for better luck this time around. 

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