Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Player Profile: Doug Bochtler

First off, a note that the Hall of Very Good is announcing it's 2014 enshrinees. The first is Luis Tiant. Head on over to see my baseball card retrospective on Tiant, and Josh Wilker of Cardboard Gods has a great piece on Tiant as well.
I have one card of Doug Bochtler, from 1993 Topps.

Playing career: Doug Bochtler pitched for the Padres, Tigers, Dodgers and Royals from 1995 to 2000. In 220 games he went 9-18 with 6 saves and a 4.57 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: A pitching coach for the South Bend Silver Hawks, Single-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks, and owner of the Cherokee Baseball instructional facility in Knoxville, TN.

My memories: He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in 2012.

Interesting facts: He was a bit of a jokester in his playing days. Here is video of him stealing the drink of a fan sitting next to the Padres dugout.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Doug Boc, between Doug Bocchino, an Associate at Casimir Capital, and Doug Boccia, VP, Network Strategy at Advertising.com. There do not appear to be any other prominent Doug Bochtlers.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Bruce Bochy.

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