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Ricky Paul Bottalico (/bəˈtælɪk/; born August 26, 1969) is an American former professional baseball right-handed relief pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers. He compiled a career 3.99 earned run average (ERA), with 116 saves.[1]

Ricky Bottalico
Ricky Bottalico.jpg
Bottalico at WIP AM-Radio (Philadelphia) event
Relief pitcher
Born: (1969-08-26) August 26, 1969 (age 50)
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 record33–42
Earned run average3.99
Career highlights and awards

Bottalico played for South Catholic High School in Hartford, Connecticut under coach Tom DiFiore; Bottalico went on to attend Central Connecticut State University.

On August 2, 1998, while pitching for the Phillies in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Bottalico hit Barry Bonds with a pitch, after which Bonds charged the mound in pursuit of Bottalico, igniting a bench-clearing brawl. The incident resulted in the ejection from the game of both players by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson.[2]

After having spent the majority of his early career as a closer, Bottalico’s saves dwindled to a total of five in his last five seasons.[1]

As his playing career wound down, the Brewers released him in July 2005. Following a brief August trial with the Boston Red SoxAAA team, he was released again, later that month. In 2006, Bottalico was signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a minor-league contract and invited to spring training; however, he failed to make the team, and was released.[1]

Throughout his career, Bottalico had many more games finished (GF) (301) than save opportunities (SVO) (160).[1]

Bottalico is a commentator for Phillies Pregame Live and Phillies Postgame Live, appearing before and after Phillies broadcasts on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Ricky Bottalico Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Bonds, Bottalico Ejected in Brawl". Philadelphia PA: Associated Press. August 2, 1998. Retrieved August 5, 2019.

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