Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Ricky Bones TTM Success

Sent: 5/19/2020 | Received: 6/2/2020 | 14 days
1/1: 1992 Fleer
Address: Home (Pembroke Pines, FL) from SportsCollectors.Net
Ricky Bones pitched for 11 years in the major leagues with the Padres (1991), Brewers (1992-1996), Yankees (1996), Reds (1997), Royals (1997-1998), Orioles (1999) and Marlins (2000-2001). He tallied 63 wins against 82 losses and posted a 4.85 ERA in 375 games (164 starts).

Bones’ best year was 1994, his age 25 season. He earned his lone All-Star selection, posted a 10-9 record and a 3.43 ERA.

His time with the Yankees was brief. He was acquired in August of 1996, made four appearances, surrendered 11 runs in seven innings, and was left off the postseason roster. Nonetheless, he earned a World Series championship ring.

[Aside: to the best of my knowledge, no card exists depicting Bones as a Yankee. Correct me if I’m wrong. I have an affinity toward short-stay Yankees cards.]

Bones was named as a PED user in the Mitchell Report. Within, a clubhouse attendant reveals he discovered a bag with more than two dozen syringes and six vials of injectable substances, including two of anabolic steroids in Bones’ locker. Bones himself told investigators that he’d been self-administering steroids and painkillers.

His last year in the majors was 2001, his age 32 season. Far from being blackballed from baseball though, he’s coached in the Mets system, including as MLB bullpen coach (2012-2018, 2019-present).

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