Ricky Bottalico

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Ricky Bottalico
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Ricky Bottalico, Philadelphia 2009 08 08
Relief pitcher
Born: (1969-08-26) August 26, 1969 (age 45)
New Britain, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 29, 1994 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
July 22, 2005 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 33–42
Earned run average 3.99
Strikeouts 575
Saves 116
Career highlights and awards

Ricky Paul Bottalico (/bəˈtælɨk/; born August 26, 1969) is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. In high school, he played for South Catholic High School in Hartford, Connecticut under coach Tom DiFiore, He attended college at Central Connecticut State University before pursuing a career in professional Baseball. He compiled a career earned run average of 3.99 over twelve major league seasons, during which he pitched for several teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers. He was also signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a minor-league contract in 2006. Bottalico was invited to spring training that year, and was released.

In his prime, Bottalico threw a fastball in the upper 90s, along with a hard curveball. Bottalico also was the only Phillies player on the National League team in the 1996 All-Star Game, held in Philadelphia, pitching one inning.

During a game against the San Francisco Giants on August 2, 1998, Bottalico was notable for hitting Barry Bonds with a pitch, which led to Bonds charging after Bottalico and igniting a bench-clearing brawl.

In 2008 he worked for Service Electric as an analyst for the Phillies' class-AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He is currently a Phillies analyst for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

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