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Octavio Dotel
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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 341 of 982 players
Dotel
Octavio Eduardo Dotel
Born: November 25, 1973 at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 175

Octavio Dotel was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 19, 2005, and November 6, 2013.

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First Mets game: June 26, 1999
Last Mets game: October 17, 1999





Winner of National League Player of the Week award, July 25, 1999. (New York Mets)

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murphy
May 2, 2001
Dotel showed last night why he still has a lot to learn. He gives up a two out double to Alfonzo. Facing Piazza, he throws a nasty 95 mph heater on the inside corner. Piazza misses it. Now Octavio, you have to know that Piazza is one of the best fastball hitters in the game. You have now set him up for the slider. Instead, he throws another 95 mph fastball. Piazza sends it 411 feet into the bleachers. A million dollar arm and a 10 cent head.

B u i c k
June 24, 2001
There's a good chance that y'all be telling your kids one day, "No, I swear it! Dotel was a Met once." Kind of like when my old man used to tell me about Nolan Ryan.

Joe Figliola
July 25, 2001
One of the best Met games I ever saw was a July, 1999 game against the Cubs. Dotel allows a solo HR to Sammy Sosa, while Alfonzo and Ventura go deep themselves.

Late in the game, with two out, Dotel blows a high fastball past Slammin' Sammy for strike three, prompting this crazy Mets fan to yell "OCTAVIOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" every time he struck out a batter.

Okay, it's no "MOOOOOOOOOOKIE!!!!" But you gotta go with the times.

kinerskorner
July 31, 2001
i cant really go crazy about this guy, since the Mets did have to do something to get hampton, and they did go to the World Series, but watching him pitch in the seventh inning tonight was enough to make me depressed. he made mcewing, lawton, and Piazza look like they should be playing tee-ball in the local peewee league. of course, you cant blame them for waving at 98 mph fastballs followed up by sharp breaking curves that just disappear off the table . dierker and hooton deserve credit for moving him to the pen last year and have him work out of the stretch. he wants to start, but it doesnt seem like he has any sort of good third pitch that he needs to be effective. if he can keep himself together he has a chance to be a hell of a closer.

SHACMASTA
September 18, 2002
Yeah the guy has the ability to be one of the top 5 closers in the league in about 4 years, but if some one came to you with an offer of a legitimate ace, something the Mets haven't had since Gooden (Don't say Leiter. He's a number 2) a potential 20 game winner, a pitcher who can field his position and hit well at his position, and last but not least a be National League Champs and a "chance" to beat the Yanks in the World Series.

Come on this ain't no Fregosi for Ryan deal. This is giving up a kid with "potential" for proven commodities.

a mets fan
November 26, 2002
I don't care what people say about Hampton bringing the Mets to the World Series. To me Hampton was good but really didn't pitch excellently, and Derek Bell was very dissapointing because of striking out, and then injuring himself in San Francisco when Barry Bonds hit that line drive. Dotel really cared and gave a crap, unlike Hampton who did not seem to really care. He pitched like he had already been in the mlb for about 5 years.

Paul
June 12, 2004
Why oh why did Bobby Valentine not use this guy instead of Kenny Rogers in game 6 vs Atlanta in 99?

murphy
October 18, 2004
Absolutely one of the most exciting moments of the 2004 season (and there sure weren't many) was Piazza's opposite field shot off Dotel in the 9th to tie the game. It prevented Clemens from winning the game, and set up Jason Phillips' game winning 13th inning home run. That was a great game to watch.

Dotel surely took a major step back in his first year as a closer. Everything seemed to be either a strikeout or a home run against Dotel.

I know a lot of people have commented about how dumb it was for the Mets to trade Dotel. However, if looked at objectively, he failed as a starter, was great as a set-up guy, and was pretty bad as a closer this year (blowing 9 of 45 chances). He's going to have to get a lot better as a closer for me to really regret the Mets trading him away.

David
October 23, 2004
Dotel's one of the best setup men in baseball, but he failed big time as a closer. He has closer stuff, but not the mentality. Astros traded him for Beltran in one of the best trades in their history.

JFK
September 24, 2005
In 1999, against the Padres he was throwing a no-hitter late into the game. At the end of the inning after he finally gave up a hit he sat on the bench and cried. I could not help but fell sorry for the kid.

BIGOMN
October 17, 2008
A lot, in fact too many unfair and outright silly things have been said about Cctavio Dotel. Millon dollar arm and 10 cent head? Let us remember how Pedro Martinez started as a skinny wiry flame thrower with the Dodgers. Now let us compare him to Dotel. As sacrilegious as it may sound Pedro wasn't any different. In fact he was worse. Pedro would bean a batter almost every game and by his admission he had 100 m.p.h country fast ball but he had a 2 cent aim on the thing. Octavio had far better stuff but what Pedro had was a management worth their salary not a bunch of overpaid suits crushing young players' careers even before they get off the ground. I remember how many times ESPN said this kid's got Pedro Martinez stuff and he was the heir apparent.

If you look at Dotel's 1999 stats on this website you'll notice the Mets were 10 and 4 with him on the hill. Some say he threw too many heaters and maybe the fact that he threw 98 m.p.h made him believe he was unhittable but I blame management, coaching and Mr. Piazza. How can he simply sit idly by and watch career murder and not speak? Mike Piazza knew full well the coaches as well as the suits were not in Octavio's corner. If Mike Piazza loved Doti so much as he said he should have gone up to the plate for him. He should have told them he'd teach him all the stuff he taught Pedro.

It broke my heart till this day, the 99 NLCS against the Braves seeing young Dotel cry and seeing the stupid look on Bobby Valentine. Had you let Dotel face Andruw Jones it would have been another ending. Instead he brought old musky who now learned how to win playoff baseball with a smudged hand.

And then to trade him for a selfish hamburger Mike Hampton and a has-been like Derek Bell is an insult beyond levels a human should tolerate.

It's a shame I don't own the Mets. I'd rip the head off the first GM that even talks about rookie trading.









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