Royce Ring

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Royce Ring
Royce Ring2.jpg
Ring with the Braves in 2008.
Relief pitcher
Born: (1980-12-21) December 21, 1980 (age 36)
La Mesa, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 29, 2005, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2010, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 3–3
Earned run average 5.29
Strikeouts 55

Roger Royce Ring (born December 21, 1980) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.

Early life[edit]

Ring was born in La Mesa, California. He graduated from Monte Vista High School (Spring Valley, California) and attended San Diego State University where he was a star closer.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

He was selected by the Chicago White Sox as the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

New York Mets[edit]

Ring (left) talks with Nationals pitcher Jon Rauch in 2008

In 2003, Ring was acquired by the Mets with Edwin Almonte and Andrew Salvo in the trade that sent Roberto Alomar and cash to the White Sox.[2][3] Ring's performance suffered in the 2004 season and, for a time, he was no longer considered a top prospect. This was evidenced by the fact that the Mets left him unprotected in the Rule 5 draft. Part of Ring's problem was his nonchalant attitude about physical fitness, as he gained body fat during his career downturn.[4]

However, after a surprisingly strong spring training and minor league showing in 2005,[citation needed] Ring was added to the Mets' Major League roster and made his Major League debut on April 29 against the Washington Nationals.[5] He posted a disappointing 5.06 ERA before being demoted to the minor leagues later in the season. Ring changed his pitching motion and received better results.[6] He was recalled to the big leagues on August 2, 2006,[7] but was sent back to Triple-A Norfolk three weeks later to make room on the 25-man roster for newly acquired Shawn Green.[citation needed]

San Diego Padres[edit]

On November 15, 2006, Ring was traded along with Heath Bell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Ben Johnson and reliever Jon Adkins.[8] Ring pitched in 15 games for the Padres.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Ring during batting practice with the Braves in 2008

On July 31, 2007, Ring was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Wilfredo Ledezma and pitching prospect Will Startup,[9] and then was optioned to the Triple-A Richmond Braves. He was called up when the rosters expanded on September 1. In 2008, Ring had an 8.46 ERA and was designated for assignment in August 2008.[10] He cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Richmond. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On January 5, 2009, Ring signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.[11] However, he was placed on outright waivers on March 25,[12] and accepted a Triple-A assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.[13]

New York Yankees[edit]

On January 12, 2010, Ring signed a minor league contract with an invite to spring training with the New York Yankees.[14] Though he impressed the Yankees in spring training,[15] he was optioned to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Following the completion of the Triple-A season, the Yankees purchased Ring's contract and promoted him to the major leagues.[16]

He pitched in 5 games for the Yankees, allowing 4 runs in less than 3 innings.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On December 14, 2010, Ring signed a minor league contract for the 2011 season with the Seattle Mariners with an invitation to spring training.[17] However, he did not make the Mariners out of spring training, and he was sent to the minors on March 27.[18] He opted out of his contract on July 3 after posting an ERA of 6.08 in 27 games.[19]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Ring signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on July 20, 2011.[20] Ring pitched in just 9 games for Pawtucket.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

Ring signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on March 5, 2012.[21]

Long Island Ducks[edit]

On May 26, 2013, Ring signed a contract with the Long Island Ducks, an independent minor league team.[22]


Ring coaching with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2017.

In May 2014 it was announced that Ring was retiring as a player to become the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast Mets, a rookie level minor league team in the New York Mets organization.[23] He currently resides in New York City with his wife, six cats, and a hamster named Butters.[24]

Ring will serve as the pitching coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2017.


  1. ^ "White Sox take lefty relief specialist | News". 2002-06-04. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  2. ^ Caldwell, Dave (July 1, 2003). "Mets Trade Roberto Alomar to White Sox". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mets to eat $3.75M as part of deal". Associated Press. July 3, 2003. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Lee (July 2, 2005). "Randolph Is Molding Ring Into Setup Man". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Glier, Ray (April 30, 2005). "Lots of Hit and Lots of Miss for Mets". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Czerwinski, Kevin T. (July 11, 2006). "Ring matures as he changes roles". Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mets recall LHP Royce Ring; Option RHP Mike Pelfrey to Norfolk" (Press release). 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  8. ^ Lyle Spencer / (2006-11-15). "Pads add Ring, Bell to Hell's Bells | News". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  9. ^ Blum, Ronald (August 1, 2007). "Rangers stay busy at trade deadline". Amarillo Globe-News. Associated Press. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mark Bowman (2008-08-02). "Braves designate Ring for assignment | News". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  11. ^ "Cardinals sign reliever Ring". 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-05. [dead link]
  12. ^ Matthew Leach / (2009-03-25). "Ring's stint with Cardinals finished | News". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  13. ^ Matthew Leach / (2009-03-26). "Mozeliak lays out roster possibilities | News". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  14. ^ Anthony DiComo / (2009-09-18). "Yanks sign Thames, make Winn official | News". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  15. ^ Bryan Hoch / (2010-03-15). "Logan, Ring doing their best to impress | News". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
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  17. ^ "Mariners sign four minor-league free agents, including outfielder Ryan Langerhans". The Seattle Times. 2010-12-14. 
  18. ^ Johns, Greg (2011-03-27). "Mariners make roster moves, option Tuiasosopo". Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  19. ^ Links, Zach. "Royce Ring Exercises Out Clause With Mariners". Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  20. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Minor Moves: Texeira, Ring, Padres". Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
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  23. ^ By Matthew Birt Former Met reliever Royce Ring named GCL Mets' pitching coach Amazin' Avenue, May 6, 2014.
  24. ^ By Matthew Birt Former Met reliever Royce Ring named GCL Mets' pitching coach Amazin' Avenue, May 6, 2014.

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