Bryce Bettancourt Florie (born May 21, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

Bryce Florie
Pitcher
Born: (1970-05-21) May 21, 1970 (age 49)
Charleston, South Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 17, 1994, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
July 21, 2001, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record20–24
Earned run average4.47
Strikeouts395
Teams

Florie pitched for four teams, the San Diego Padres (19941996), the Milwaukee Brewers (1996–1997), the Detroit Tigers (19981999), and the Boston Red Sox (1999–2001), and finished his career with a 20–24 record, two saves, and an ERA of 4.47.

Florie's pitch selection included a sinking fastball from the 92-93 mph range, a slider, and a changeup.[1]

Florie is remembered for suffering a facial injury that occurred on September 8, 2000 in Fenway Park. The Yankees' Ryan Thompson hit a line drive off Florie's face, causing multiple broken bones and eye damage. Florie made a comeback, pitching in seven games in 2001, but was released by the Red Sox in mid-season.[2]

Florie played for the minor league Sacramento River Cats in 2002 and the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2004. After a two-year break, Florie returned to professional baseball in 2007 playing for the Macon Music of the independent South Coast League. In addition to relief pitching, he also served as the team's pitching coach.[3][4]

Florie joined the coaching staff of the River City Rascals as the pitching coach for the 2009 season. The Rascals are members of the independent Frontier League. He is currently the head coach at his alma mater, Hanahan High School.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Bill James and Rob Neyer. 2004.
  2. ^ Rob Dibble (2001-12-06). "Amazing comeback for Florie". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  3. ^ Daniel Shirley (2007-05-14). "Plantier has plan for team's players". Macon Music. Retrieved 2008-05-22.[dead link]
  4. ^ Paul Newberry (2007-06-22). "Has-beens, never-weres try to boost careers in South Coast League". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-05-22.

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