February 28, 1976 |
Oak Lawn, Illinois
|July 21, 2004, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 6, 2005, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||3.41|
Robert Allen Madritsch (born February 28, 1976 in Oak Lawn, Illinois) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners, and most recently played for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League in 2008.
Madritsch attended Reavis High School in Burbank, Illinois, where he was All-Conference two consecutive years. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft out of Point Park University. He was released by the Reds in 2001. He played independent ball with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League; the Chico Heat of the Western Baseball League; and the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, and San Angelo Colts of the Texas–Louisiana League.
On September 23, 2002, the Seattle Mariners purchased his contract. Madritsch spent two years pitching for the Mariners, compiling six total wins and a 3.41 ERA. On October 21, 2005, he was selected off waivers by the Kansas City Royals and assigned to the minor leagues. He was released by the Royals on September 1, 2006. Beset by injuries, Madritsch did not pitch for four years.
He was signed by the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League on August 2, 2008 and appeared in two games before retiring from professional baseball.
- 2002 – Independent Leagues All-Star SP, Independent League Player of the Year, Northern League Western Division All-Star LHP
- 2003 – Texas League All-Star P
- 2004 – MLB All-Rookie All-Star P
Madritsch, who is Native American, was raised by his father and has never known his mother. He admits to getting into a lot of trouble as a teen – "I was always playing with fire and getting burned all the time" – and said he finally turned things around after getting badly hurt: "I knew right from wrong after that."
He currently works out with his brother Ken in Burbank, Illinois with a little league baseball team.