Earl L. Carlyle
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 175 lb.
- School Texarkana College
- High School Bellevue East High School
- Debut August 29, 1999
- Final Game May 11, 2015
Buddy Carlyle pitched for a number of teams in the majors while playing internationally in between his stints in the big leagues. He played in a handful of games with the San Diego Padres in 1999 and 2000 and had his contract sold to the Hanshin Tigers in Japan following the 2000 season. As a member of the Hanshin rotation in 2001, he was 7-10 with a 3.87 ERA, but he made only 3 appearances with the club the next year.
He was back in the majors in 2005, playing in 20 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He then went on to pitch for the LG Twins in Korea, going 2-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 32 games there. After the 2006 season, he was signed by the Atlanta Braves, and he saw considerable playing time with them in 2007, going 8-7 in 22 games, primarily as a starter. He then went 2-0 in 45 games as a reliever in 2008 and played another 16 games in Atlanta in 2009.
After spending 2010 in the minor leagues, Carlyle surfaced again in 2011, this time with the New York Yankees. He was 0-1, 4.70 in 8 games in relief. On May 31, 2014, it was the New York Mets who called on his services after they had depleted their bullpen in a 14-inning game the previous day, and he came through with a three-inning scoreless performance in relief to earn credit for a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. It was his first major league win since 2008. He stayed with the Mets the rest of the year, going 1-1, 1.45 in 27 games. He was back with New York in 2015 and on opening day, April 6th, he was pressed into action to close a 3-1 lead over the Washington Nationals when Jenrry Mejia felt something wrong in his elbow while warming up to come into the game. Buddy took his place and recorded the only save of his career that day.
Carlyle became a coach with the Mobile BayBears in 2017.