Bryce Bettencourt Florie
Born: May 21, 1970 in Charleston, SC.
Debut: 1994 | Pos: P
H: 6' | W: 185 | B: R | T: R
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Bryce Florie's career in the major leagues has been a combination of success and suffering. The success came on the mound and the suffering also came on the mound as he was forced to deal with a nightmare for pitchers.
In 1988, Florie was selected by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round of the draft. Six years later, on July 17, 1994, Florie made his debut with the Padres and pitched 9.1 innings in 9 games that season.
He pitched for the Padres in 1995 and 1996. He was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers at the trading deadline in 1996 in a deal that brought Greg Vaughn to the Padres.
He was traded again in November 1997 to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Greene, Santiago Perez and Mike Myers. In 1998, he pitched a career-high 133 innings for the Tigers, including 16 starts, and finished with an 8-9 record and a 4.80 ERA.
He pitched 51.1 innings for the Tigers in 1999, but was once again traded at the deadline. This time, the Tigers sent him to the Red Sox for pitcher Mike Maroth.
It was the 2000 season, however, that would give Florie one of the toughest moments in his baseball career. On Sept. 8, 2000, in a game against the Yankees, Florie was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Ryan Thompson. Florie's cheekbone was fractured, as well as his orbital socket and he suffered damage to his retina. Surgery was required to relieve the pressure caused by the injury and to save Florie's eye.
He returned to the mound in 2001, pitching in 7 games for the Red Sox. The team, however, released him.
Florie's career then shifted to Oakland where he was invited to Spring Training as a non-roster player. His pitching career took him to Triple-A Sacramento. However, he never returned to the major leagues.