Ricky Bottalico

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Ricky Bottalico
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Relief pitcher
Born: (1969-08-26) August 26, 1969 (age 48)
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
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 33–42
Earned run average 3.99
Strikeouts 575
Saves 116
Career highlights and awards

Ricky Paul Bottalico (/bəˈtælɪk/; 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 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.

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.

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