Todd Ritchie

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Todd Ritchie
Pitcher
Born: (1971-11-07) November 7, 1971 (age 42)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 1997 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2004 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Career statistics
Win–Loss 43–54
Earned run average 4.71
Strikeouts 516
Teams

Todd Everett Ritchie (born November 7, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the major leagues from 1997-2004.

Ritchie was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (12th overall) of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft and made his major league debut on April 3, 1997. He pitched in 57 games for the Twins in 1997 and 1998.

On October 3, 1998, the Twins released him, and he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 22. Ritchie was used as a starting pitcher by the Pirates and in 1999, he won a career-high 15 games. He was their Opening Day starter in 2001, on in which he went 11-15; on July 13 of that year, in a scoreless game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park, he had a no-hitter broken up with one out in the ninth by a Luis Alicea single. The Pirates won the game in the bottom of the ninth as Aramis Ramírez singled in Brian Giles with the winning run. [1]

After the 2001 season, on December 13, Ritchie was traded to the Chicago White Sox along with Lee Evans for Kip Wells, Sean Lowe, and Josh Fogg. He struggled in 2002 though, losing 15 games with a 6.06 ERA, and becoming a free agent after the season. On January 14, 2003, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, but missed nearly the entire season with an injury. Ritchie signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 2004, but spent most of the season in the minors. He signed with the Pirates for the 2005 season, but retired from baseball during spring training. He came out of retirement in 2008, signing a contract with the Colorado Rockies. Assigned to Single-A Modesto, Ritchie had a 3.18 ERA in 4 appearances before being promoted to Double-A Tulsa on June 25. In his one appearance for Tulsa, he gave up 8 earned runs in 5.2 innings and retired again.

Todd and his wife Kristi have six children named Karley (19), Kyndall (14), Kamdyn (12), Kallyn (10), Kannon (7) and Krayton (7).

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