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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Dave Ring set them up with his curve over three pro seasons; Made short-season Elmira

Dave Ring picked up two saves in a row for short-season Elmira in late June 1990, using his curve and then his fast ball, The Elmira Star-Gazette wrote.

"I don't like to play around at all," Ring told The Star-Gazette afterward. "I like to set them up with my curve and then go after them with my fast ball."

Ring went after them that year in his second pro season. He went on to see one more. He topped out at Elmira.

Ring's career began in 1989, taken by the Red Sox in the 30th round of the draft out of Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tenn.

At Columbia, Ring struck out 10 batters in a May 1989 tournament game for a win. He also picked up three hits, The Tennessean wrote.

"I had my good stuff today, and I pitched out of some trouble spots until I got tired," Ring told The Tennessean after the win.

The Tennessean also noted his fastball in the game was clocked between 87 and 91 mph, and noted his nickname, "Boo." The nickname came from a childhood Halloween contest.

With the Red Sox, Ring started in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into 11 games, started three. He ended with a 2.63 ERA and two saves.

He moved to Elmira for 1990. He struck out the side for one of his two early-season saves. But those two saves proved his only saves on the season. In 15 outings, two starts, he ended with a 0-6 record and a 7.24 ERA.

Ring returned to the Gulf Coast League for 1991. He saw five outings, all in relief and gave up two earned in eight innings. Those outings marked the last of his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,688
Made the Majors:1,255-34.0%
Never Made Majors:2,433-66.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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