That’s A Lot Of Teams!

While the rest of the baseball world keys in on how many games the Dodgers will win (they’ve lost four in a row) this season, the home run tear Giancarlo Stanton is on and Chris Sale reaching 1500 strikeouts faster than any other player in history, I thought I would look at a real important statistic. Well, perhaps it’s not that vital, but for some strange reason I wondered which major league player has played for the most teams. Like millions of others, I played Little League every possible year as a kid and there was nothing more exciting then learning which uniform and cap you would be donning for the next five – six months. Let me just say I played for a lot of teams: the Cubs, Braves (kelly green uniforms – thank you very much), A’s, and the Angels to just name a few.

So after a bit research I learned that the player to play for the most teams was relief pitcher Octavio Dotel! From 1999 through 2013 in 758 games, Dotel took the mound and pitched for 13 teams! Here are 10 facts about Octavio Dotel that you can impress your baseball buddies with:
  1. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic
  2. Signed with the New York Mets on March 20,1983 as an amateur free agent
  3. Played with 7 National League Teams (New York Mets, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, & Los Angeles Dodgers)
  4. Played with 6 American League Teams (Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays & Chicago White Sox)
  5. Played in all six divisions
  6. Wore 6 different uniform numbers (29, 41, 28, 26, 35, 20)
  7. Was teammates with over 600 teammates – but only one ended up being a Hall of Famer: Rickey Henderson
  8. Ended his career with the Detroit Tigers
  9. The players that held the previous record of 12 teams: Mike Morgan, Matt Stairs and Ron Villone.
  10. Dotel won the 2011 World Series as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He followed that up in 2013, when as a member of the Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic. Dotel has the distinction of being one of the few players in history to win both a World Series and World Baseball Classic
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