This week features former Flyers 3B Ryan Lundquist. The Oklahoma native spent the majority of his career in A ball in various leagues affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds before he joined the Flyers in what would be his final season in baseball.
Where is Lundquist now?
Let's find out!
The former Flyers starting third baseman came from a long line of ball players, so it wasn't a surprise when Lundquist followed in his family's footsteps. Lundquist spent the majority of his baseball career in the Cincinnati Reds farm system (1999-2003) before signing with Schaumburg in 2003. He was drafted out of Arkansas University as a catcher by the Reds in the 8th round in 1999 and played in the Midwest League for the Clinton LumberKings.
During his time with the LumberKings, Lundquist posted a .251 batting average, 61 runs, 110 hits and 10 stolen bases. The Norman, OK native spent one season with the Flyers where he posted a .267 batting average, 35 runs, 77 hits and 43 runs batted in, as well as being named Northern League Player of the Week (.435 average with 6 RBI and 5 runs) for June 9-15th in 2003.
The Arkansas All-American and 1997 first team All-SEC outfielder had some of his best baseball memories while playing for the Flyers.
"We had a bunch of guys who wanted to win and a great manager in Andy McCauley," said Lundquist.
The "play as hard as you can and leave it all out on the field" playing philosophy of former Flyers manager McCauley brought Lundquist back to the way he knew how to play baseball. He also enjoyed the different experience levels of his Flyer teammates and the competition level while participating in Northern League baseball.
Getting paid to play baseball and the opportunity to sleep in also ranked high on Lundquist's favorite aspects of playing with the team, but his all-time favorite remembrance is of a July 4th game in front of a packed house.
"It was the bottom of the last inning and we rallied to come back," said Lundquist. "The fireworks combined with the come-from-behind win and the atmosphere at the time was definitely something I'll always remember."
At the age of 26, Lundquist decided to leave the baseball field and pursue a degree. The process of leaving baseball behind for good wasn't easy for Lundquist, but he had the support and understanding of his wife, who was a collegiate and professional athlete as well, to help him through this difficult time.
He currently works for Zimmer Orthopedics in Tulsa, OK and oversees the surgical implementation of the company's orthopedic products in the operating room.