Friday, November 21, 2014

Player Profile: Ricky Bottalico

I have 29 cards of Ricky Bottalico. This one is from 1996 Topps.

Playing career: Ricky Bottalico pitched for twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Phillies, for whom he saved 34 games in back-to-back seasons in 1996 and 1997. Overall, in 562 games, he went 33-42 with 116 saves and a 3.99 ERA.

Where he is now: A Phillies announcer for Comcast SportsNet, he is also a pitching instructor at AFC Baseball of Cherry Hill.

My memories: Just a fun name to say.

Google Autocomplete results: He is eighth when you type Ricky Bo, between Ricky Bobby Song and Ricky Bobby Soundtrack, both of which refer to a movie. There do not appear to be any other prominent Ricky Bottalicos.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Kent Bottenfield.

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