Thursday, August 24, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #3 Bryan Ward

Bryan Matthew Ward
Relief Pitcher

Bryan Ward pitched relatively well in his 20-game cameo with the 2000 Phillies, compiling a 2.33 ERA over 19 1/3 innings.  Having appeared in 68 games with the White Sox in 1998 and 1999, Ward was signed as a minor league free agent and invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee in 2000. He wouldn't make the opening day roster, but his services were required on May 30th when fellow lefty Scott Aldred landed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.  His spot in the bullpen seemingly secure, Ward was the odd-man out on July 26th when Curt Schilling was traded to the Diamondbacks and the Phillies needed to open a 40-man roster spots for their four newly acquired players - Travis Lee, Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa and Vicente Padilla.

Ward was designated for assignment, clearing waivers and ultimately being outrighted back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  His time with the Red Barons was short, as he was released on August 12th and signed with the Anaheim Angels on August 16th.  Ward would appear in seven games for the Angels, marking the end of his big league career.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  210
Born:  January 28, 1972, Bristol, PA
Drafted:  Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 20th round of the June 1993 amateur player draft.
Major League Teams:  Chicago White Sox 1998-1999; Phillies 2000; Anaheim Angels 2000
Professional Affiliations:  Florida Marlins 1993-1997; Chicago White Sox 1998-1999; Phillies 2000; Anaheim Angels 2000; Boston Red Sox 2001; Torreon Algodoneros (Mexico) 2002; Colorado Rockies 2002-2003; Saltillo Saraperos (Mexico) 2003; Camden Riversharks (Independent) 2003-2004; Seattle Mariners 2004; Acereros de Monclova (Mexico) 2005

Phillies Career
20 games - all in relief, 0-0, 2.33 ERA, 19 1/3 innings, 11 strikeouts, 8 walks
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Chicago White Sox, November 2, 1999.
Debut:  May 30, 2000 - In San Francisco, with the Phillies trailing the Giants 5-1, relieved Andy Ashby in the sixth inning and promptly allowed a two-run home run to Bill Mueller.
Final Game:  July 21, 2000 - Relieved Paul Byrd in the fifth inning in Pittsburgh, pitching three innings of scoreless relief.
Departed:  Released on August 12, 2000, and signed with the Anaheim Angels on August 16, 2000.

1999 SP Signature Edition
Autographs #BW
2000 Q Cards Scranton/
Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #23
1 Ward Baseball Card in My Collection
2000 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #23

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1999 SP Signature Edition #101
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  1999 SP Signature Edition #101
Other Notable Cards:  1993 Classic Best Elmira Pioneers #26, 1994 Fleer/ProCards #163, 1999 SP Signature Edition Autographs #BW

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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