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ricky bottalico, 1995 leaf #327, phillies

Player: Bottalico, Rick

Card: 1995 Leaf #327

Position: RHP

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Ricky Paul Bottalico (born August 26, 1969 in New Britain, CT) is a 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. Notably, he went 319 major league appearances without committing an error.

He made his Major League debut with the Phillies on July 29, 1994 against the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium. He pitched a scoreless inning in the 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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

After retiring, he became a commentator for Phillies Pregame Live and Phillies Postgame Live, appearing before and after Phillies broadcasts on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Watch him speak about the ascension of Aaron Nola here.

Ricky is on Twitter @rickybottalico.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1996 Leaf Signature #NA (autographed)
1996 Topps #161
1997 Topps Stadium Club #355
2009 Sons of Italy Italian American Baseball Heroes #14


Ricky is part of the All-Star Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Ricky is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Ricky is also part of the Philadelphia Phillies Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

You can see all Bottalico’s baseball cards at TCDB

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One thought on “Ricky Bottalico: 1996 NL All-Star, 116 Career Saves

  1. Donald Amareld says:

    I love him as a Phillie post game guy. He tells it as it is. Pulls no punches. Him and John Kruk are my two favorite announcer. They would make a great team together. You can tell when Rick wants to explode but holds it back.

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