Brewers A-Z: Ricky Bones

Ricky Bones (right), with Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen and Johan Santana. - Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

The Puerto Rican pitcher was an All Star in 1994.

In 1986 the Padres signed right handed pitcher Ricardo Ricky Bones (Yes, Ricardo Ricky) as a 17-year-old out of Puerto Rico, and five years later he was a big leaguer for the first time, making eleven starts for San Diego in 1991. The young pitcher's first real claim to fame came a few months later, though, when he was traded to Milwaukee as part of the trade that got Gary Sheffield out of town.

Upper Deck made Bones card #762 in their 1992 set:

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Bones pitched five solid but unspectacular seasons for the Brewers, posting a 4.64 ERA over 151 appearances. He was an All Star in 1994, working 170.2 innings in the strike-shortened season with a 3.43 ERA despite striking out just three batters per nine innings.

Upper Deck had a Bones card again in 1994, #58:

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The Brewers traded Bones to the Yankees in 1996 and he went on to pitch five-plus more seasons in the majors as a member of five teams. He spent the 2012 season as the Mets' bullpen coach.

Ten years ago today the Brewers made a minor trade that brought future Reds catcher Javier Valentin to Milwaukee. We covered that event in Today In Brewer History last year.

After over 500 installments spanning two seasons and a full offseason, there are some days where I've exhausted all of the available content for Today In Brewer History. Brewers A-Z is a supplemental feature to help fill in the gaps in my historical calendar. You can see past installments in the series in its special section.

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