Card: 1986 Topps #94 (autographed)
Richard Albert Bordi (born April 18, 1959 in San Francisco, CA) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1980 to 1988. He played for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs (00:19:34), New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. He was the last player signed by Charlie Finley.
In 1980, he was drafted by the Athletics in the 3rd round, 56th overall. In the same year, he was drafted he made his major league debut (July 16, 1980). He was 21 years old. In that game (and his lone game that season), he pitched 2 innings and gave up one run. He bounced around between the minors and Majors between 1980 and 1983, finally settling as a full-time reliever in 1984 with the Cubs. Between 1984 and 1986 with the Cubs, Yankees and Orioles, he had an ERA well under 4.00. After those three fairly successful seasons, his career quickly went in the wrong direction.
Interestingly, Rich was tangentially related to the bar fight between Yankee's manager Billy Martin and Ed Whitson, as there was speculation that Whitson may have been seething over losing a starting turn Friday night, when Martin replaced him with Bordi in the first game of a series with Baltimore in September 1985.
His final game was July 19, 1988. He was 29 years old when he retired. After retiring, Rich became a scout for the Cincinnati Reds.
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