Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Ron Villone- Traveling Man

Lefthanded relievers have a way of sticking around for years past their expiration date bouncing around from team to team in need of some 1-out magic (see Jesse Orosco and Terry Mulholland). Ron Villone fits that description, as the 39 year old veteran of 15 seasons is already with his 12th organization. The former 1st round draft pick of the Mariners in 1992 started his travels way back in 1995 as a 25 year old pup with Seattle. He lasted only half his rookie season there before being shipped to the San Diego Padres. From then on he was a wandering man, spending no more than 2 seasons in the same city. Teams he's pitched for: Seattle Mariners (two stints), San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros (two stints), Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and currently chucking the ball for the Washington Nationals.

Career Stats:
59-64, 691 gm, 1151 ip, 911 k, 4.73 ERA, 1.49 WHIP. 3 scoreless appearances in the playoffs. Batting average of .129 and a homerun in 170 at bats.

Almost pitched for 13 teams, but the Arizona Diamondbacks released him 2003 before he pitched with the big league club. Also played tightend at UMass, standing 6'3" and weighing 230 lbs. Pitched for Team USA in 1992 in the Olympics. Pitched for Team USA in the 2004 that failed to qualify.

Maybe he can pitch for the Indianapolis High Rollers next.

Ricky Nelson- Travelin' Man

1 comment:

GM-Carson said...

Guess there aren't too many Villone fans out there.