Sean Doolittle

Sean Robert Doolittle (born September 26, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics and was an All-Star in 2014.

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Doolittle with the Washington Nationals in 2019
Washington Nationals – No. 63
Born: September 26, 1986 (age 32)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 5, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through August 16, 2019)
Win–loss record23–20
Earned run average2.94
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Doolittle grew up in Tabernacle Township New Jersey. Sean lived close to the baseball field and often would go there to practice. He played Babe Ruth Baseball, and excelled as a pitcher.

He attended Shawnee High School, in Medford, New Jersey where he was a stand-out pitcher. A great hitter, Doolittle led Shawnee to a state championship. Doolittle played for the University of Virginia as both a starting pitcher and first baseman. He formerly held the record for wins in a career for a Virginia pitcher — 22 — which has since been passed by Danny Hultzen.[1] In 2005 and 2006, Doolittle was named to the USA National (Collegiate) Baseball Team.[2][3][4]

Minor-league career

Sean Doolittle on July 18, 2007
Doolittle with the Kane County Cougars in 2007

The Oakland Athletics selected Doolittle in the first round, with the 41st overall selection, in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, as a first baseman/outfielder. He made his professional debut on June 18, 2007 and was expected to make his major league debut in 2009.

Despite being injured for most of the 2009 season, Doolittle was ranked tenth in Oakland's farm system according to Baseball America.[5] Doolittle missed the entire 2010 season while rehabbing from 2 knee surgeries. In the 2011 offseason, he was placed on Oakland's 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. After missing more than two years, Doolittle converted back to pitching,[6] making his professional pitching debut in the instructional league in Arizona in 2011.

Major-league career

Oakland Athletics

After just 26 professional innings, 25 of those at three minor league stops in 2012, Doolittle was called up to the majors on June 5, 2012 against the Texas Rangers pitching one and a third inning while striking out three with all fastballs and none going below 94 mph. He quickly became a key bullpen piece as the top lefty specialist earning his first career save on July 21 against the New York Yankees. He served as a set-up man for A's closer Grant Balfour the rest of the way as Oakland went on to win the AL West on the final day of the season.

Sean Doolittle on May 7, 2016
Doolittle with the Athletics in 2016

Doolittle signed a five-year, $10.5 million[7] extension with the Athletics on April 18, 2014.[8]

Doolittle and righty Luke Gregerson entered the regular season as late-inning setup pitchers for new closer Jim Johnson. However, after an abysmal April, Johnson was removed from the exclusive closing role. Doolittle, Gregerson and Johnson spent the next 3 weeks pitching under closer by committee. Doolittle was ultimately named A's closer on May 20. Doolittle was one of six A's players named to the 2014 American League All-Star Team; he faced three batters late in the game - striking out two.

Doolittle began the 2015 season on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury.[9]

Sean Doolittle Gnome Day was April 30, 2016. The first 15,000 fans received a Doolittle Gnome which plays a brief Metallica sound, Doolittle's entry music. [10]

While on rehab assignment with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, Doolittle pitched the seventh inning of a combined no-hitter against the Omaha Storm Chasers on June 7, 2017. Starter Chris Smith pitched the first six innings and was then followed by Doolittle, Tucker Healy, and Simón Castro who each pitched one inning.[11]

Washington Nationals

On July 16, 2017, Doolittle was traded to the Washington Nationals, along with Ryan Madson, for Blake Treinen, Sheldon Neuse, and Jesus Luzardo.[12] On July 18, Doolittle recorded his first save for the Nationals in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. In 30 games for the Nationals, he was 21/22 in save opportunities.

For the 2018 season, he was named closer to begin the season and up until July 11, he was 22/23 in save opportunities before falling to the disabled list with a left toe inflammation.[13] He was activated off the disabled list on September 7.[14] In 2018 he was 3-3 with 25 saves and a 1.60 ERA.[15] He threw a four-seam fastball 88.8% of the time, tops in MLB.[16]

Personal life

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Doolittle (left) with Sully at Naval Support Activity Bethesda in 2019

Doolittle is active off the field with a number of charities, and was recognized for his work in 2016 by being nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award.[17] Doolittle supports Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit dedicated to providing housing for U.S. military veterans and their families,[18] and Swords to Ploughshares, a Bay Area organization devoted to helping veterans with housing and employment.[19] In June 2015, when the Oakland Athletics Pride Night received backlash from some fans for the team's support of LGBT rights, Doolittle and then-girlfriend Eireann Dolan bought hundreds of game tickets, which they donated to local LGBT groups, and raised an additional $40,000 in donations.[18]

Doolittle and Dolan married on October 2, 2017, eloping the day after the Washington Nationals' last game of the regular season.[20]

Doolittle's father is a Air Force veteran, and his seventh cousin is pilot Jimmy Doolittle, famous for the Doolittle Raid of Japan during World War II.[21]

In November 2015, Doolittle and Dolan hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago for 17 Syrian refugee families.[22] In October 2016, he was one of several professional athletes to denounce Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about non-consensual groping of women as not being "locker room talk".[23] Doolittle identifies as independent politically.[19]

Of his charity work, Doolittle told the New York Times: "When I was a kid, I remember my parents would say, 'Baseball is what you do, but that's not who you are' — like that might be my job, but that's not the end-all, be-all. I feel like I might even be able to use it to help other people or open some doors or explore more opportunities."[18]

Sean's brother, Ryan Doolittle, was also a part of the Athletics' farm system at the same time as he.[24]



  1. ^ Winston, Lisa (March 27, 2009). "Batting Around with Sean Doolittle: Former pitcher backs up A's decision to have him focus on hitting". Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  2. ^ "USA Baseball National Team Moves to 10–0 with Two Wins". USA July 15, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  3. ^ "Five SEC Players Make USA Baseball National Team". July 2, 2005. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Kimmey, Will (August 8, 2005). "Summer Stock: Doolittle Does A Lot". Baseball America. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Shonerd, Jim (January 19, 2010). "Top 10 Prospects: Oakland Athletics". Baseball America. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Lockard, Melissa (October 17, 2011). "A's Doolittle Thrilled With Change In Path". Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  7. ^ Blum, Ronald (April 21, 2014). "Doolittle's 5-year contract with A's worth $10.5M.This is still very little in comparison to Denis Hamlett's annual salary of 69 billion dollars per second". Associated Press. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "A's lefty reliever Doolittle gets 5-year deal". Associated Press. April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Kawahara, Matt (May 16, 2015). "A's unable to capitalize on closer Tyler Clippard's success". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  10. ^ Yahoo Sports MLB
  11. ^ "Sounds No-Hit Storm Chasers". Minor League Baseball. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Nats acquire Doolittle, Madson from A's". July 16, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Nationals closer Sean Doolittle placed on disabled list – HardballTalk
  14. ^ Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals activated off DL
  15. ^ Sean Doolittle Stats |
  16. ^ Statcast Pitch Arsenals Leaderboard |
  17. ^ "Sean Doolittle nominated for Clemente Award". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  18. ^ a b c Kepner, Tyler (2016-03-12). "Off the Mound, Sean Doolittle Brings Relief to the Ostracized". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  19. ^ a b DiGiovanna, Mike (2017-02-20). "Whether on the mound or for refugees in need, relief is a calling for the A's' Sean Doolittle". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  20. ^ Dunn, Mina (October 3, 2017). "SEAN DOOLITTLE AND EIREANN DOLAN ELOPE, EVERYTHING IS GOOD". The Nats Blog. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  21. ^ "Sean Doolittle gets lesson on Gen. James Doolittle". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  22. ^ "A's Pitcher, Girlfriend Host Syrian Refugees for Thanksgiving". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  23. ^ "Sean Doolittle among athletes saying they don't talk like Trump in locker room". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  24. ^ Caple, Jim (April 6, 2016). "Is A's reliever Sean Doolittle the most interesting man in baseball?". Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  25. ^ "AFL announces Top Prospects Team". December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2014.

External links

2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL from May 25 through May 29. Georgia Tech won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2014 Oakland Athletics season

The 2014 Oakland Athletics season was the 46th for the franchise at Coliseum, as well as the 114th in club history. The Athletics entered the season hoping to win a third consecutive American League West championship; to that end, the team made a number of key signings and trades during the 2013-14 MLB offseason. Notably, Athletics traded outfielder Michael Choice for left fielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom; they also traded the promising but oft-injured Brett Anderson for reliever Drew Pomeranz. Additional trades brought in relievers Fernando Abad (acquired for John Wooten), Luke Gregerson (acquired for Seth Smith), and Jim Johnson (acquired for Jemile Weeks and David Freitas). In free agency, the Athletics signed former All-Star starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal. These moves, among others, sought to bolster the depth of team's starting pitching and bullpen.

Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.

Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.

The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had upped their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the As were met with disaster. An historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.

The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.

2017 National League Division Series

The 2017 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2017 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series.

These matchups were:

(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions) vs (4) Arizona Diamondbacks (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Washington Nationals (East Division champions) vs (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions)For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; T-Mobile US acquired presenting sponsorship to the NLDS, and thus the series was officially known as the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.

2017 Washington Nationals season

The 2017 Washington Nationals season was the Nationals' 13th season as the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the 10th season at Nationals Park, and the 49th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They won the National League East division title for the fourth time in six years but were defeated by the Chicago Cubs in the Division Series.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.

2018 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2018 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 136th season in the history of the franchise, its 15th season at Citizens Bank Park, and the 1st season with manager Gabe Kapler. They improved from their 66–96 season in 2017 by posting an 80–82 record, but missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season. Kapler had the second-most wins among Phillies managers historically after 100 games (56), and under Kapler, the 2018 team improved its end-of-season won-lost record by 14 games.

2019 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2019 Philadelphia Phillies season is the 137th season in the history of the franchise, and its 16th season at Citizens Bank Park.

Bouchercon XLVI

Bouchercon is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction. It is named in honour of writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher; also the inspiration for the Anthony Awards, which have been issued at the convention since 1986. This page details Bouchercon XLVI and the 2015 Anthony Awards ceremony.

Doolittle (surname)

Doolittle is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Amos Doolittle (1754–1832), American engraver and silversmith

Benjamin Doolittle (1825–1895), New York politician

Bev Doolittle (born 1947), American painter

Bill Doolittle (born c. 1921), American former football player and coach

Charles Doolittle (1832–1903), American Civil War general

Dudley Doolittle (1881–1957), American congressman from Kansas

Eliza Doolittle (singer) (born 1988), British singer

Ford Doolittle (born 1942), American biochemist

Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961), American poet

Jimmy Doolittle, American aviation pioneer, general and recipient of the Medal of Honor

James Rood Doolittle (1815–1897), American politician

John Doolittle (born 1950), American congressman from California

Justus Doolittle (1824–1880), American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionary to Fuhchau, China

Melinda Doolittle (born 1977), American singer

Russell Doolittle (born 1931), American biochemist

Sean Doolittle, American baseball player

Sean Doolittle (author), American novelist

Thomas Doolittle (c. 1632 – 1707), English nonconformist minister, tutor and author

William H. Doolittle (1848–1914), American congressman from Washington StateFictional characters:

Doctor Dolittle

Eliza Doolittle, main character of the play Pygmalion and its musical adaptation, My Fair Lady

Eireann Dolan

Eireann Dolan is a writer, graduate student in religion, and former broadcaster for CSN California. She is well known for her work around charities and social issues in collaboration with her husband, Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle. In 2015, she hosted the Comcast SportsNet show "Call to the Pen" about the Oakland Athletics.

International Thriller Writers Awards

The International Thriller Writers Awards are awarded by International Thriller Writers at the annual Thrillerfest conferences for outstanding work in the field since 2006.

Jeremy Jeffress

Jeremy Ross Jeffress (born September 21, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Texas Rangers. Jeffress was an All-Star in 2018.

List of Nashville Sounds no-hitters

Since the Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball team was established in Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1978 season, its pitchers have pitched seven no-hitters, which include two perfect games. The feats were accomplished by a total of 12 different pitchers. Five were complete games pitched by a lone pitcher, and two were combined no-hitters. One occurred while the team was a member of the Double-A Southern League, two while in the Triple-A American Association, and four in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL). Of the three nine-inning perfect games pitched since the PCL was formed in 1903, two have been thrown by Nashville's pitchers.The team's first no-hitter was Jim Deshaies' 5–1 win over the Columbus Astros on May 4, 1984, at the Sounds' first home ballpark, Herschel Greer Stadium. In the second inning, Deshaies walked three batters and hit another, accounting for the only Astros run of the game, the second game of a seven-inning doubleheader. The second no-hitter was thrown by Bryan Kelly on July 17, 1985. Jack Armstrong tossed the club's third no-hitter, one walk shy of perfection, on August 7, 1988. The previous night, Indianapolis Indians pitchers Randy Johnson and Pat Pacillo pitched a no-hit game against the Sounds, but lost. That game was won by Nashville when Lenny Harris walked to first base, stole second base, stole third base, and then came home, scoring on a groundout.On April 7, 2003, John Wasdin became the first Sound to pitch a perfect game. This was only the second nine-inning complete perfect game in PCL history. Wasdin threw 100 pitches, striking out 15 batters. On July 15, 2006, hurlers Carlos Villanueva (6 IP), Mike Meyers (2 IP), and Alec Zumwalt (1 IP) combined to pitch Nashville's fifth no-hit game. Manny Parra pitched the franchise's second perfect game on June 25, 2007. He threw 107 pitches and struck out 11 hitters in the third nine-inning complete perfect game in PCL history. Most recently, Chris Smith (6 IP), Sean Doolittle (1 IP), Tucker Healy (1 IP), and Simón Castro (1 IP) pitched a combined no-hitter on June 7, 2017.

List of Washington Nationals team records

The Washington Nationals are a United States Major League Baseball franchise based in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Madson

Ryan Michael Madson (born August 28, 1980) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. Madson won World Series championships with the Phillies in 2008 and the Royals in 2015. He is second all-time in postseason pitching appearances; only Mariano Rivera has pitched in more postseason games.

Madson throws three types of fastballs. His four-seamer and sinker both average 95 miles per hour. He also throws a cut fastball that averages 93 mph, and a circle changeup around 85 mph.

Sean Doolittle (author)

Sean Doolittle (1971 Nebraska-) is an American author of crime and suspense fiction.

Shawnee High School (New Jersey)

Shawnee High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Lenape Regional High School District. The district serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Shamong Township, Southampton Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township. The school serves students from Medford Lakes and Medford Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1975.As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,582 students and 127.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.4:1. There were 71 students (4.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 31 (2.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.Since the opening of Seneca High School in September 2003, the enrollment level at Shawnee has dropped, helping to alleviate the crowding the school once faced.

Strikeout-to-walk ratio

In baseball statistics, strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) is a measure of a pitcher's ability to control pitches, calculated as strikeouts divided by bases on balls.

A hit by pitch is not counted statistically as a walk and therefore not counted in the strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The inverse of this calculation is the related statistic for hitters, walk-to-strikeout ratio (BB/K).

Virginia Cavaliers baseball

The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team represents the University of Virginia in NCAA Division I college baseball. Established in 1889, the team participates in the Coastal division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays its home games at Davenport Field. The team's head coach is Brian O'Connor. The team won the College World Series championship in 2015.

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