Consider that stability compared to the three players Dotel passed to take hold of that record: Mike Morgan, Ron Villone and Matt Stairs. Morgan debuted at 18 years old with the Oakland Athletics, and by age 25 was with his fifth team. Matt Stairs joined the Athletics, his third team, by age 28. And Ron Villone, the well-traveled lefty, was pitching for his fourth team, the Indians, by 28.
That reflects the value of Dotel compared to his league-trotting compatriots. It would be entirely too reductive to simply summarize his career, which may be over after Dotel left a rehab appearance with forearm tightness this past weekend, by referring to his sheer number of stops.
For instance, take a look at how Baseball-Reference’s WAR ranks Dotel compared to those other most-traveled players. Dotel posted a career WAR of 15.7. Morgan bested that in his career, at 28.9, but that’s in roughly three times as many innings. Villone, in more than 200 more career innings than Dotel, was worth about a quarter as much, 4.2 WAR. And Stairs, a position player, checked in at 14.3, good but still not at Dotel’s level.
...Among relievers with at least 900 innings pitched, Dotel is second only to Billy Wagner in strikeouts per nine. Part of this can be chalked up to the increased number of strikeouts in the modern game. But Dotel is so far ahead of the competition, it’s more than just changes to the modern game. Only Trevor Hoffman and Dan Pleasac are even within two strikeouts per nine of Dotel’s career mark of 10.8/9, and Hoffman, at 9.3, is well behind in a career that largely overlapped Dotel’s in era.
The easy part is to identify Dotel as a man of many teams. The hard part is figuring out why a pitcher like Dotel, a shutdown reliever who struck out many, was well-liked by teammates and front offices alike and effective until the end, didn’t find a more permanent home.
Posted: September 04, 2013 at 09:07 AM | 20 comment(s)
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lots of teams