Born: Jun 27, 1975
The son of major leaguer Gary Ward, Daryle was drafted in the first round by Detroit in 1994 but was traded to Houston in 1996 along with Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima and Trever Miller. Naturally a first baseman but blocked at that position by Jeff Bagwell, Ward came up to the majors in 1998 and quickly displayed his power stroke but only marginal skill as an outfielder.
The California native tried to fit into a crowded outfield that included Moises Alou, Richard Hidalgo and Lance Berkman, another converted first baseman. Before he was traded to the Dodgers in 2003, Ward built a .269 average with 49 homers.
Despite being someone that seemed destined to be a designated hitter, Ward has spent the rest of his career in the National League as a reserve first baseman and pinch-hitter. Including years with the Dodgers, Pirates, Nationals, Braves and Cubs, Ward has posted a .263 average over 11 seasons with 90 homers. He also has a .286 postseason average with two homers in four seasons.