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Ricardo Bones (/ˈbnɪs/; born April 7, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Bones played from 1991 to 2001 for three National League teams – the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and Florida Marlins – and four American League teams – the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles.

Ricky Bones
Ricky Bones on July 16, 2016 (cropped).jpg
Bones with the Mets in 2016
New York Mets – No. 25
Pitcher / Bullpen coach
Born: (1969-04-07) April 7, 1969 (age 50)
Salinas, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 11, 1991, San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 2001, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record63–82
Earned run average4.85
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards


Playing careerEdit

Bones as Buffalo Bisons pitching coach, 2009
Bones with the Mets in 2015

Bones was signed by the Padres as an amateur free agent on May 13, 1986 making his Major League debut on August 11, 1991 against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched seven innings, allowed only 2 hits, and received his first professional victory.

On March 26, 1992, Bones was traded with Matt Mieske and José Valentín to the Milwaukee Brewers for Gary Sheffield and minor league player Geoff Kellogg. He stayed with the Brewers for more than 4 seasons. During that time, he was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1994, but did not play in the game. On August 29, 1996, he was traded by the Brewers to the New York Yankees with Pat Listach and Graeme Lloyd for Bob Wickman and Gerald Williams. He only played four games with the Yankees before being granted free agency on October 25. After that, he started moving from team to team playing with the Cincinnati Reds, the Brewers again, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Florida Marlins. On November 5, 2001, he was granted free agency by the Marlins and he chose to retire.

Coaching careerEdit

Bones was the pitching coach for the Binghamton Mets and the Buffalo Bisons.[1][when?]

Bones was the New York Mets bullpen coach from the 2012 to 2018 seasons.[2]

On June 20, 2019, Bones once again became the bullpen coach for the New York Mets when Chuck Hernandez was fired.

During the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Bones served as pitching coach for the Puerto Rico national baseball team.[3]

Mitchell ReportEdit

Bones was named in the Mitchell report for taking Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Buffalo Bisons press release
  2. ^ Mets shake up coaching staff for 2012 season Archived 2011-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Ortíz, Joel (December 13, 2012). "Estelar el cuerpo técnico de Puerto Rico para el Clásico Mundial". El Nuevo Día.

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Preceded by
Jon Debus
New York Mets bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Chuck Hernandez
Preceded by
Chuck Hernandez
New York Mets bullpen coach
Succeeded by