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Update on VMI's Ryan Glynn '96 With the Texas Rangers:

Ryan's hope / Texas' Glynn became first Keydet to reach majors

Tuesday, July 13, 1999

BY JOHN O'CONNOR
Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

During three seasons on the mound for VMI, Ryan Glynn went 8-11 with a 5.96 ERA. In none of those years did the right-hander from Portsmouth post a winning record. Glynn was 4-5 with a 5.61 ERA as a junior.

Understandably then, more than a few casual observers scratched their noggins when the Texas Rangers made Glynn their fourth-round pick (94th overall) in the 1995 draft after his not-so-swift junior season.

"People would definitely remember me more as a hitter than a pitcher at VMI," said Glynn, who also played outfield and belted 25 homers and 101 RBI in his last two college seasons.

Glynn, 24, made this observation last Thursday afternoon from San Diego, where the Rangers prepared for a weekend interleague series against the Padres. At the time, he was a member of the Texas rotation, proof that scout Mike Toomey recognized a potential big-league pitcher despite unimpressive college statistics. The day after, Glynn was shipped back to Triple-A Oklahoma City, though he's expected to rejoin the Rangers following the all-star break.

The only Keydet to make the major leagues was 2-3 with a 6.95 ERA in 11 appearances (eight starts) with the Rangers, but an asterisk should be attached to the record. Glynn, promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 16, faced Boston's Pedro Martinez in Fenway Park (a loss) and New York's David Cone in Yankee Stadium (another loss).

"I'm going through that rookie thing right now, where I'm thinking my stuff has to be better [than it was at lower levels] instead of just trusting my- self," Glynn said. "I know I haven't pitched to my ability yet."

What Toomey and other major-league scouts saw when they evaluated the 6-3, 195-pound Glynn in Lexington was an unpolished thrower whose fastball topped out at 95 mph. At VMI, he walked plenty and struck out plenty.

"I threw hard, but I had no idea how to pitch," said Glynn , who made only 26 starts in three years at VMI. "Pitching, for me, isn't very easy at all. It was always much harder than hitting. Hitting was just a reaction. Pitching is a whole thought process."

He was supposed to spend this season at Oklahoma City, acquiring the mental edge. But in mid-May, pitcher Esteban Loiaza broke his hand when a car door slammed on it. Another door opened for Glynn, Loiaza's replacement on the roster.

"I'm nothing special," Glynn said. "I was given a talent, and I'm using it, that's all."

There's a little more to it than that. As a senior at Churchland High, Glynn had a few college options because of baseball and chose the one most 18-year-olds would not: a military school without a winning baseball program. Chris Finwood, the former Keydets coach who now works as an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth, needed to do only minimal convincing to get Glynn's signature on a letter-of-intent.

Glynn in no way qualified as a disciplinary problem, but he believed VMI's structure was precisely what he required.

"I thought if I went to a regular college, I would flunk out," Glynn said. "VMI is big on schedules, and I needed that in my life at that time."

The plan worked. Not only was Glynn drafted out of VMI and elevated to the big leagues in four years, he earned his economics degree along the way. The day Texas selected him in the fourth round, Glynn said, "I came to VMI for a future in business, not baseball." So when does he intend to put his college education to work?

"I use it every day," Glynn said. "My salary has definitely gone up, and I'm making all my own investments."

Glynn file

Ryan David Glynn

Hometown: Portsmouth

Size: 6-3, 195 pounds

Age: 24

Status: Made eight starts for the Texas Rangers this season, sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City last Friday.

College: Struck out 177 batters and walked 118 in 181.1 innings at VMI, where he was also an all-Southern Conference outfielder . . . Finished career with 126 RBI, second on school's all-time list . . . Went 8-11 with a 5.96 ERA as a pitcher, 4-5 with a 5.61 ERA in his junior and final college season

Professional: Selected in the fourth round (94th overall) of the 1995 draft by Texas . . . Went 9-6 with a 3.44 ERA at Double-A Tulsa last season . . . Promoted to Texas from Triple-A Oklahoma City this season on May 16, when he was 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA as a Class AAA rookie . . . Was 2-3 with a 6.95 ERA as a Texas starter before being sent back to Oklahoma City

Notable: Glynn is the first former Keydet to make the major leagues . . . Returned to VMI for two semesters to finish his economics degree after pitching the 1995 season at Hudson Valley of the New York-Penn League because he wanted to graduate with his class.

Quotable: "I wouldn't be where I am today without VMI."

Update On Another VMI Grad and Athlete:

CFL's Alouettes feature local flavor

Tuesday, July 13, 1999

When a Canadian Football League team kicks to the Montreal Alouettes, a quick Virginian will do the returning.

Montreal's kickoff-return tandem includes former VMI star Thomas Haskins, a 5-8 alumnus of Highland Springs High, and 5-8 Winston October, a Dale City resident who played at the University of Richmond during the past four seasons. October brings back punts for the Alouettes, who won 15-12 at Toronto to open their season last Saturday.

Haskins, 25 and a backup tailback for Alouettes, was named a Division I-AA All-America twice at VMI, where he gained 5,349 yards from 1993-96. October, 23, was a four-year starter at cornerback for the Spiders. He plays on all of Montreal's special teams.

The Alouettes are directed by Charlie Taaffe, formerly the coach at The Citadel.

-- John O'Connor

You Find VMI Admirers In The Strangest Places:

Brown Sees Military Academy for Teens in Oakland Future
Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
matierandross@sfgate.com
Friday, July 2, 1999
1999 San Francisco Chronicle

My, my, how times have changed. First Jerry Brown goes from Mr. Eco to Mr.Crime and Grime. Then he invites the Marines to invade Oakland. Now he's pushing for an Oakland military academy. As Brown sees it, the new charter military academy would be patterned after the highly disciplined Virginia Military Institute.
The idea would be to serve youngsters from the sixth grade through high school. And get this -- Brown thinks the academy could be up and running within a year with a bit of help from the state and National Guard. As a matter of fact, he already has a possible site in mind -- at the old Oakland Army base.
``It would instill discipline and leadership,'' Brown told us, adding that another goal would be to create ``high expectations'' and high SAT scores. And that's just the pitch Brown made when he and Governor Gray Davis made a joint PR ferry ride across the bay yesterday. ``We can make it happen,'' an exuberant Brown told us after chatting up the military idea with Davis.
Brown said he doesn't see any ideological oddity in backing a military school. ``When I was governor, I started the California Conservation Corps, and I also started the Oakland Guard program, . . . which we used in the '70s to train Oakland residents in skills so they can get jobs,'' Brown said. ``The military is a very powerful rite of passage for many people in Oakland, and that's why I'm responding to it,'' he said.

A Job Opportunity:

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Department: Treasury
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Also, someone recently sent me an e-mail with info re: a senior analyst job opening. Unfortunately I can't find that e-mail. Would whoever sent it to me, please resend. My apologies.

That's it for this week.

Yours in the Spirit,
RB Lane '75

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