Randy Flores

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Randy Flores
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Relief pitcher
Born: (1975-07-31) July 31, 1975 (age 40)
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 an American former professional baseball relief pitcher who played eight seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) primarily as left-handed specialist. He currently serves as the director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals.

While playing for the Trojans of the University of Southern California, Flores was the 1995 Co-Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. The New York Yankees selected him in the ninth round of the 1997 amateur draft, and he made his MLB debut for the Texas Rangers in 2002. Flores also pitched for the Cardinals, with whom he was a World Series champion in 2006, and the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins during his major league career.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

After attending El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California, Flores played college baseball for the Trojans at the University of Southern California (USC) as a recruited walk-on. While at USC from 1994 to 1997, he set several pitching records that still stood as of 2013, including career wins with 42, innings pitched with 484 13 and complete games with 22. Flores was the 1995 Co-Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year going 13–3 with a 3.24 earned run average (ERA) and 86 strikeouts.[1] He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance.

Professional playing career[edit]

The New York Yankees selected Flores in the ninth round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2001, the Yankees sent him to the Texas Rangers to complete a trade earlier in the year for infielder Randy Velarde.[2] Flores made his major league debut with the Rangers on April 23, 2002. He also played for the 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. He appeared in seven games in that postseason, registering 5 23 innings without giving up an earned run. The next season, he appeared in a career-high 70 games, posting 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 the Colorado Rockies with an invitation to spring training.[4] He spent most of the season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox before the Rockies called him up in September when the rosters expanded. He made the Opening Day roster in C2010 and completed 27 13 innings, with 18 SO and a 2.96 ERA, a record of 2–0, and a 1.28 WHIP. The Rockies designated for assignment on August 20, and called up Jonathan Herrera to replace him.[5] He was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins on August 25, 2010.[6]

On February 10, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres with an invite to spring training. He opted out of his contract on May 15.[7] Two days later, he signed a minor league contract with the Yankees.[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 a Master of Science degree in post-secondary administration with an emphasis on athletic administration.[10] In February 2015, Flores joined the Pac-12 Network as a baseball analyst.[11] On August 28, 2015, the Cardinals hired Flores as their new director of scouting, replacing Chris Correa.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Flores' brother, Ron, was also a left-handed relief pitcher who appeared in the major leagues, playing for the Oakland Athletics from 200507. 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 (2009-02-10). "Rockies sign former Cardinal Flores". Denver Post. 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. 
  12. ^ Goold, Derrick (August 28, 2015). "Cards to hire Randy Flores as new scouting director". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

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