Octavio Dotel officially announced his retirement yesterday, bringing a close to a career that saw him pitch 15 years with 13 teams.
I thought it would be fun to do a career retrospective, so I’m going to largely shut up and let the cardboard (and customs) do the talking… I’ve got some notes at the bottom for those who are interested in my inane ramblings.
In the Mets’ farm system…
New York Mets: 1999 (19 games)
Houston Astros: 2000 – 2004
Oakland Athletics: 2004 – 2005
New York Yankees: 2006 (14 games)
Kansas City Royals: 2007 (24 games)
Atlanta Braves: 2007 (9 games)
Chicago White Sox: 2008 – 2009
see note #1
Pittsburgh Pirates: 2010 (41 games)
See Note #2
Los Angeles Dodgers: 2010 (19 games)
See note #1 again
Colorado Rockies: 2010 (8 games)
See note #3
Toronto Blue Jays: 2011 (36 games)
St. Louis Cardinals: 2011 (29 games)
Detroit Tigers: 2012 – 2013
Dominican Republic, 2013 World Baseball Classic
See note #4
#1 – As you can guess, I’ve got some gaps in my Octavio Dotel collection. He’s not so much a “player I collect” for me as much as “A former Met that I like well enough to acquire and hang on to his cards”. Thanks to COMC.com for the images.
#2 – I don’t know if there are any cards that show Octavio Dotel with the Pirates, so I had to make a custom. This is officially a “2010 Do-Over” insert in my 2014 TSR set. The design is a cleaned-up version of my 2010 custom set, which was my first original design and had never been published until now.
#3 – Here’s another “2010 Do-Over” insert. Not only could I not find a card that represents Dotel’s nine games with the Rockies, but I couldn’t even find a decent photo. This is a White Sox “Photo Day” image with a Rockies cap logo superimposed. I normally wouldn’t leave a studio background like this, but I’ve already spent way too much time on this post.
#4 – Anyone who’s read my blog for at least a year will recognize last year’s TSR design, here making an encore performance as a “2013 Do-Over” insert.