Opinion: DC is Gonna Love Sean Doolittle

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By Michael Marzzacco

When the Nationals acquired Sean Doolittle, many fans saw it as an instant improvement to the bullpen and rightfully so. But when I looked into further research on him I found something interesting about him that wasn’t his stats. By the looks of things, he’s really excited to be playing in Washington.

Here is what the Nats said about Doolittle in a release after the bullpen trade happened:

Doolittle, 30, has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed batter in 23 appearances this season. Left-handed batters are 0-for-23 with 12 strikeouts and no walks against him. On the season, he is 1–0 with three saves and a 3.38 ERA (8 ER/21.1 IP). He has struck out 31 batters, walked just two and has posted a 0.66 walks/hits per innings pitched. While he falls just short of qualifying to be among league leaders, Doolittle’s strikeouts per 9.0 innings (13.08), walks per 9.0 innings (0.84), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (15.50) all rank among the best in Major League Baseball.

A veteran of six Major League seasons, Doolittle has recorded 36 saves — including a career-high 22 in 2014 — and a 3.09 ERA in 254 career games. He has struck out 300 batters in 253.0 innings pitched and has issued just 47 walks in his career. Since 2012, his 1.67 walks/9.0 innings ranks first among all Major League left-handed relievers and eighth among all Major League relievers.

You can read the full announcement here.

Sounds pretty good, right? Now what is he like off the field you may ask? While we don’t know him on a personal level, I did find out that he likes the Redskins and grew up supporting them in Eagles territory. Now that takes some guts!

I know it doesn’t quite matter what team you support but it’s certainly refreshing having a Skins fan on the team since Bryce Harper is a Cowboys fan.

As for the city itself, he loves it! Now it’s on us to welcome him with open arms.

Welcome to DC, Sean Doolittle.


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