No player in Major League Baseball history has played for more franchises than relief pitcher Octavio Dotel, who played for 13 different clubs over a 15-year MLB career. Dotel was a fine reliever; he had some good seasons, like in 2002, when he posted a 1.85 ERA over 97 1⁄3innings, but he also had some tough ones, such as his 1999 season (5.38 ERA in 85 1⁄3innings). Unfortunately, Dotel’s real claim to fame was nothing he ever did on the field. Rather, it’s that 13-team figure that has kept him relevant, even four years after his retirement.
But Dotel’s record may already be in jeopardy. When right-handed starter Edwin Jackson suited up for the Baltimore Orioles this season, he officially appeared in a Major League game with his twelfth team, coming just one team short of Dotel’s mark. The Orioles released him, and Jackson had the opportunity to tie the record, but he signed with the Nationals instead, a team he pitched with in 2012. Dotel’s record hasn’t been broken yet, or even tied, but at just 33, Jackson may still have the chance to do it in the future.
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