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Ron Villone | 27 | P - Height: 6-3 Born: 1/16/1970
Weight: 245 Birthplace: Englewood, NJ
Throws: Left College: Massachusetts
Bats: Left Debut: 4/28/1995
Regular Season Pitching Statistics
2007 NYY 0-0 4.25 37 appearances 42.1 IP
2008 StL 1-2 4.68 74 appearances 50.0 IP
Ronald Thomas Villone Jr. (born January 16, 1970 in Englewood, New Jersey) is a Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher with the New York Mets organization. He has not been on the same team for more than two years in his major league career and due to his many baseball travels, some of his teammates have affectionately referred to him as "Suitcase" Villone.
2005 - 2008:
In December 2006, Villone rejected a salary arbitration offer from the New York Yankees. This decision cost him over $2MM. Had he accepted the offer, he likely would have earned a raise over his $2.5 million salary in 2006. On February 13, 2007 he was signed to a minor league deal with the Yankees. During spring training in 2007, Ron was given a chance to earn a spot in the Yankee bullpen, but was beat out for the last spot by Sean Henn. However, he was called back up in mid-May.
In December 2007, Villone was named in the Mitchell Report as one of the players linked to steroids. Villone refused to respond to the allegations.
In February of 2008, Villone was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals to a minor league contract and was invited to spring training. Coming out of camp, Villone made the Opening Day roster.
His entrance music is Drowning Pool's "Bodies", which contains the popular chorus of "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor!".
On October 30, 2008 Villone filed for free agency.
On February 27, 2009, Villone signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and was invited to spring training.
Villone is married and resides in Edgewater, New Jersey with his wife, Brooke. He has a daughter, Megan, who was born on March 26, 1996 and a son, Ronald Thomas III, born on September 14, 1997.