Ryan Klesko
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"Ryan Anthony Klesko", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and corner outfielder, who played for the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, and the San Francisco Giants. He attended Westminster High School (Westminster, California)/Westminster High School in Westminster, California.

Klesko hit at least 21 home runs in eight of his 13 major league seasons, with a high of 34 homers in . His most productive season came in , when he hit .286 with 30 home runs and posted career-highs in Run batted in/RBI (113), Run (baseball)/runs (105), stolen bases (23) and slugging percentage (.539), and made the Major League Baseball All-Star Game/National League All-Star team. In , he hit .300 with 29 HR and 95 RBI, and collected career-highs in hit (baseball)/hits (162) and double (baseball)/doubles (39). Defensively he has shuttled around the outfield and first base.

In his career he has a .370 on-base percentage with a .500 slugging average, for a .870 on-base plus slugging/OPS. His .525 slugging percentage as a Brave ranks 4th all-time among the team's career leaders, ahead of Eddie Mathews. His .886 OPS as a Brave ranks him 5th among Braves' all-time leaders.

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I've still got a little work to do, ... but I'll do whatever it takes to help the team.

We thought we could do better than we have this year. But the most important thing is that it comes together at the right time.

Our key is to make him throw pitches and get him out of there. He pitched himself out of a couple of jams.

All I need is to feel right, have some good at-bats going into the playoffs. That's what it's all about. I've had some years where I hit .300 with 30 homers, but we didn't win. I want to be in those big games, when it counts.

This is for all the fans. This is a great bunch of guys.

I'm just a little off. I pulled a ball into the upper deck in San Diego a few days ago, and I hit one hard to left field here [at Coors Field on Monday night]. So I'm just missing a little with my timing. Those are good signs, though.

This was a big win for us, ... We didn't need to get swept by these guys.

I don't want to change my swing too much. I just need to get back on track. It doesn't have to take long. Look at Khalil. He's down, then bang, he's back.

I'd hate to leave.