Randy Choate

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Randol Doyle Choate

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Biographical Information[edit]

Randy Choate was a long-time LOOGY in the major leagues. He appeared in five of six games for the Aguilas Cibaeñas in the 2008 Caribbean Series. He pitched 3 2/3 IP, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out five. From 2001 to 2003, as a member of the New York Yankees, Choate gave up only one home run in a span of 3 seasons and over 70 innings.

In 2012, Choate was traded in mid-season from the Miami Marlins to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Hanley Ramirez for Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. Even though he was tied (with Shawn Camp and Matt Belisle) for the National League lead with 80 games pitched that season, he did not record a single win or loss, his only decision being a save. He then pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2013 to 2015. He made 9 scoreless appearances as the Card reached the 2013 World Series, eventually losing to the Boston Red Sox. In the 2014 postseason, however, he gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in only 1 inning of work spread over 5 appearances. In 2016, he went to spring training with the Toronto Blue Jays but failed to make the team and was released, then signed with the Dodgers again. He made 34 appearances in their minor league system with an ERA of 7.13 and was not called up to the big league club.

Choate retired after the 2016 season, having made 672 appearances in the majors over 15 seasons, with all the appearances coming as a reliever (he did start 43 games in the minors, most of these over his first two professional seasons in 1997 and 1998). He had only 30 career decisions - 16 wins and 14 losses - and 7 saves, logging 408 innings. He was, however, very good at his very specialized role. He retired at the same time as Javier Lopez, another long-time lefty specialist; the pair were #2 and 3 on the all-time list for most appearances in which they had faced only one batter and recorded one out: 198 for Lopez and 185 for Choate, behind all-time leader Mike Myers at 206.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time League Games Pitched Leader (2010/AL & 2012/NL)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 2000 (he did not play in the World Series)

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