Monday, January 17, 2005

Brewers Sign "Blowttalico"

As it has been said numerous times over his career, "Nobody blows a save like Ricky Blowttalico!" Bottalico signed a one year deal with the Crew for somewhere less than a million bucks. It's not the worst signing that Melvin could have made, given his limited finances and the dearth of relievers on the market. The Brewers needed a veteran presence in their bullpen to provide the youngsters some much needed grit and leadership.

Bottalico actually had a pretty good year for the Mets last season, after missing the majority of the 2003 season due to shoulder surgery. In 69 1/3 innings, Bottalico issued 34 walks and struck out 61 hitters. He allowed only three homers - a very good sign coming to homer-friendly Miller Park - and held opponents to a .215 batting average.


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