Reliever Ryan Richardson Signs with Japanese Independent Team

 Ryan Richardson has been a valuable member of the Sonoma Stompers' bullpen in 2017. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Ryan Richardson has been a valuable member of the Sonoma Stompers' bullpen in 2017. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Hayley M. Slye / Media Relations

SONOMA, Calif.– Sonoma Stompers reliever Ryan Richardson will head to Japan after being signed by the Kagawa Olive Guyners of the Shikoku Island League.

In his 2017 season with the Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, Richardson notched a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings. Richardson was also a member of the 2016 Pacific Association Championship Stompers team, throwing a scoreless outing in all but one of his nine appearances.

“This is a great opportunity for Ryan. While we'll miss him as a pitcher and as a person, this is one way the Stompers measure our success; giving players a platform to perform and watching them grow to earn greater opportunities. I'm really happy for Ryan,” said Stompers President and General Manager Theo Fightmaster.

In leaving the Stompers, Richardson joins another organization with championships under its belt. The Olive Guyners were established in 2005 and have since won five Island League Championships, most recently in 2012.

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