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John Robert Dopson

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 225 lb.

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Pitcher John Dopson was signed as a 2nd round pick in the 1982 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos and scout Herb Newberry.

His first major league win came in 1988 when he shut out Orel Hershiser and the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching 6 innings during which he gave up only 3 hits. He put up an excellent 3.04 ERA that first season, but was saddled with an ungainly 3-11 record as a result of poor offensive support. After the year, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox with SS Luis Rivera in return for P Dan Gakeler and SS Spike Owen. He had his best season with Boston in 1989, going 12-8 with a 3.99 ERA in 29 games. On the flip side, he also accumulated 15 balks that season, most of them coming in three games. On May 2, he had three balks. In his next start, on May 7, he had four balks. On June 2, he balked a Major League record five times. He then missed most of the next two seasons with injuries and never had another winning season.

After his major league career ended, he continued playing in the independent leagues, spending 1996-1998 with the Tennessee Tomahawks and 1999 with the Tri-City Posse

John's brother Matt was pursued by the Chicago White Sox, but he chose not to play professional baseball. Both attended and pitched for Delone Catholic High School in Pennsylvania. John was cut from the JV baseball team at Westminster (MD) High School near Finksburg, MD before he attended Delone. He was also a basketball star while at Delone Catholic High School.

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