Randy Flores

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Randy Flores
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Relief pitcher
Born: (1975-07-31) July 31, 1975 (age 39)
Bellflower, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 23, 2002 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2010 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Win–loss record 11–5
Earned run average 4.61
Strikeouts 202
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Randy Alan Flores (born July 31, 1975) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Flores is a career left-handed relief specialist.

Early life and career[edit]

He attended El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California. Flores played college baseball at the University of Southern California as a recruited walk-on. At the University of Southern California from 1994 to 1997, he set several pitching records that still stand as of 2013, including career wins with 42, innings pitched with 484.1 and complete games with 22. Flores was 1995 Co-Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year going 13–3 with a 3.24 ERA and 86 strikeouts.[1] He graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Professional career[edit]

Flores was drafted in the ninth round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. In 2001, he was traded to the Texas Rangers to complete a trade earlier in the year that sent Randy Velarde to the Yankees.[2] Flores made his major league debut on April 23, 2002. He played for the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies before signing as a free agent with the Cardinals on November 20, 2003.

Flores won a championship ring when the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers four games to one. Flores appeared in seven games in the 2006 postseason, throwing 523 innings without giving up an earned run. In 2007, Flores appeared in a career-high 70 games with 55 innings pitched and a 4.25 ERA. Flores became a free agent after the 2008 season.[3]

On February 10, 2009, Flores signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Colorado Rockies.[4] He spent most of the season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox before being called up to the Rockies in September. In 2010, Flores made the Opening day roster and gave the Rockies a season in which he pitched 27.1 innings, striking out 18 batters for a 2.96 ERA, having a record of 2–0, and a 1.28 WHIP before being designated for assignment on August 20, 2010. Jonathan Herrera was called up to replace him.[5] He was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins on August 25, 2010.[6]

On February 10, 2011, he was signed to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training by the San Diego Padres. He opted out of his contract on May 15.[7] Flores signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on May 17.[8] He was released by the Yankees on August 2, 2011 and immediately signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was released by the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, after asking for his release.

Post-playing career[edit]

In 2012, Flores joined ESPN as an on-air analyst during the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.[9] In 2013, Flores returned to USC as a baseball broadcaster and later assistant baseball coach, while also pursuing a master's degree.[1] In 2014, Flores earned his master's degree in postsecondary administration with an emphasis on athletic administration.[10] In 2015, Flores joined the Pac-12 Network as a baseball analyst.[11]

Personal[edit]

His brother Ron was also a Major League Baseball pitcher. Flores and his wife, Lindsey, have two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "USC Great and Former Major Leaguer Randy Flores Joins Baseball Coaching Staff". USCTrojans.com. March 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Coleman, Pat (May 14, 2002). "Rookie roundup". USA TODAY Baseball Weekly. 
  3. ^ "Cards Non-Tender Flores, Johnson and Miles". The Cardinal Nation Blog. December 13, 2008. 
  4. ^ Troy Renck (2000-02-10). "Rockies sign former Cardinal Flores". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Rockies' designate Flores for assignment, bring up Herrera". Denver Post. 
  6. ^ "Twins grab lefty reliever Flores off waivers". MLB.com. August 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ Randy Flores Opts Out Of Contract, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 15, 2011.
  8. ^ Yankees Sign Randy Flores, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 17, 2011.
  9. ^ Siegal, Rachel Margolis (June 5, 2012). "College Baseball: ESPN’s Record-Setting NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Coverage Continues" (Press release). ESPN MediaZone. 
  10. ^ Nalepa, Christina (July 15, 2014). "World Series champ Flores brings OnDeck Digital to Cape". Cape Cod Baseball League. 
  11. ^ "Pac-12 Networks announces on-air talent & programming for third season of baseball coverage" (Press release). Pac-12 Networks PR. February 9, 2015. 

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