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chuck ricci, 1993 fleer pro cards #2186, red sox

Player: Ricci, Chuck

Card: 1993 Fleer Pro Cards #2186

Position: RHP

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His evaluation skills are very, very good. His work ethic is extremely good and he has the ability to manage people,” Indians scouting director Brad Grant said.

Charles Mark "Chuck" Ricci (born November 20, 1968 in Abington, PA) is an American former professional baseball player. During an 11-season professional career, Ricci appeared in Major League Baseball (MLB) during one year, pitching for the National League's Philadelphia Phillies in 1995.

Chuck was selected in the 4th round of the 1987 draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He languished in the Orioles farm system for seven long years where he would ultimately reach Triple-A but never get a taste of the big-league life. Following the 1993 season he became a free agent and in April of 1994 signed with the team he had followed as a kid growing up, the Philadelphia Phillies.

He began his Phillies career with his longest appearance, pitching three innings against the Houston Astros on September 8, 1995. In his debut, he walked two batters (John Cangelosi and Andy Stankiewicz), struck out one (Jeff Bagwell), and allowed one earned run and two hits, with the score coming on a sacrifice fly by Ricky Gutiérrez.

His next appearance also came against the Astros, when he threw a perfect 2⁄3 inning two days later. Against the rival New York Mets on September 15, Ricci was chosen to complete the game in a 4–1 Phillies defeat; he allowed two hits and struck out one batter, lowering his ERA to 1.93. In a 13–10 victory over the Florida Marlins on September 18, Ricci pitched a portion of the third inning and all of the fourth, striking out three of the five batters he faced and hitting one.

Ricci earned his only major league victory on September 23 against the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the beneficiary of three ninth-inning walks by Xavier Hernandez, including the winning run walked in from the bases loaded with two outs. The next night, he faced the Reds again, allowing a run on a Hal Morris double in the ninth inning of a 6–4 loss.

His final appearance came against the Marlins in Florida, when he allowed two hits and a walk in two innings pitched, striking out three batters on October 1. Despite finishing his short stint with an undefeated record and a 1.80 ERA, Ricci was released into free agency at the end of the 1995 season.

Having played for eleven different minor league teams affiliated with five major league franchises (Baltimore Orioles, Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Montreal Expos), Chuck also appeared as a member of the Cleveland Indians in the 1994 film Major League II; although he never played for the Indians, Ricci was hired as a scout by the the team, working in that role from 2000-03. While working as a national cross-checker with the Tribe in 2012, Baseball America named him at #5 on their Top 10 future scouting directors list.

He also jumps out of perfectly good airplanes.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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