Russ Springer

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Russell Paul Springer

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Russ Springer was selected by the New York Yankees in the 7th round of the 1989 amateur draft. The right-handed pitcher went on to have a long major league career spanning 18 years with 10 different teams.

Springer's most infamous moment occurred as a member of the Houston Astros on May 16, 2006 while facing Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants. Springer threw five straight inside pitches at Bonds, then in pursuit of Babe Ruth on the career home run list. On the fifth pitch, Bonds was hit, prompting umpire Joe West to eject Springer along with Astros manager Phil Garner. Springer was later given a four-game suspension for his actions. Garner for his part received a one-game suspension. After his retirement, in 2013, he confessed that he was in fact throwing at Bonds that day because he was upset with allegations of PED use by the slugger, but that he now regretted his gesture: "I wasn't proud of it then, and I'm not proud of it now. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't hit him."

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