Who is Ricky Bottalico?
Ricky Bottalico is an American sports analyst and former professional baseball right-handed relief pitcher. He currently provides commentary for the Phillies Pregame Live and Phillies Postgame Live shows, which air prior to and after Phillies games on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
He competed in Major League Baseball (MLB) for several teams, including the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies to name a few.
Ricky Bottalico Age
Bottalico is 52 years old as of 2021. He was born on August 26, 1969, in New Britain, Connecticut, USA.
Bottalico stands at an average height of 5 feet 10 inches.
Ricky Bottalico Education
Bottalico attended Catholic High School, Florida Southern College and Central Connecticut State in that order.
Ricky Bottalico Wife
Bottalico is living a happily married life with his loving wife, Lisa Spaziani. They exchanged their vows on January 17, 1997. Ricky and his wife are blessed with two daughters namely, Sophia Bottalico and Olivia Bottalico.
Ricky Bottalico Salary
Bottalico earns an estimated annual salary of $89, 843 as a sports analyst for NBC Sports.
Bottalico has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Ricky Bottalico Philadelphia Phillies
Bottalico attracted little interest from scouting agents, after early struggles in the 1991 Major League Baseball draft, and participated in a Connecticut amateur men’s league that summer while playing for an insurance company.
However, he was captured pitching at 93 mph (150 km/h), and a Phillies scout signed him for $2,000 on the spot. On July 29, 1994, he faced the Atlanta Braves in his Major League debut for the Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
In a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants on August 2, 1998, Bottalico struck Barry Bonds with a pitch. Bonds then raced to the mound to confront Bottalico, which sparked a bench-clearing brawl.
Both players were dismissed from the game as a consequence of the incident. Garrett Stephenson and Bottalico were dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 after Bottalico’s arm was hurt and he had an argument with coach Terry Francona.
Ricky Bottalico Broadcaster
The official radio station of the Philadelphia Phillies is WIP-FM (94.1 FM), which is run by the Philadelphia-based Entercom. In 2016, the broadcasts were terminated on the previous AM main station WPHT 1210.
Ricky provides commentary for the Phillies Pregame Live and Phillies Postgame Live shows, which air prior to and after Phillies games on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The Phillies run a reward scheme program called Phanatic About Reading, which aims to motivate kids in kindergarten through eighth grade to read for at least 15 minutes every night.
What nationality is Ricky Bottalico?
Bottalico holds the American nationality.
Was Ricky Bottalico a good pitcher?
Yes he was! He was captured pitching at 93 mph (150 km/h), and a Phillies scout signed him for $2,000 on the spot.
Is Ricky Bottalico Italian?
Talking of his ethnic background, Ricky has Italian ancestry.
When did Ricky Bottalico retire?
Bottalico retired in 2005 after spending 12 seasons in the majors.