Botts with the Texas Rangers in 2008
|Left fielder / Designated hitter|
|Born: July 26, 1980|
Paso Robles, California
|MLB: September 14, 2005, for the Texas Rangers|
|NPB: July 8, 2008, for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters|
|MLB: April 27, 2008, for the Texas Rangers|
|NPB: October 10, 2009, for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters|
|Runs batted in||28|
|Runs batted in||22|
Jason Carl Botts (born July 26, 1980) is an American former professional baseball left fielder, designated hitter and first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
Botts made his major league debut for the Texas Rangers on September 14, 2005, against the Baltimore Orioles, and had a total of 27 at-bats in that month. His fortunes at the plate were somewhat mixed: he scored 8 hits and 3 RBI, but also struck out 13 times.
On May 28, 2006, Botts started as the DH against the Oakland Athletics. He hit his first major league home run into the upper deck at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington against the A's Kirk Saarloos in the 2nd inning. On August 1, 2007, Botts was called up by the Texas Rangers to be the designated hitter for the remainder of the 2007 season. Through his first eight games, he had a .219 batting average with one home run and four RBI.
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
On June 4, 2008, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's Pacific League acquired him from the Texas Rangers. After the season, he also played in the Mexican Pacific League for the Yaquis de Obregón, Tomateros de Culiacán and most recently for Cañeros de Los Mochis .
Chicago White Sox
Camden River Sharks
On March 26, 2011, Botts signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He was released on April 7.
New York Mets
- Jason Botts Acquired By Nippon Ham, MLBTradeRumors.com, June 4, 2008.
- Minor League Transactions, MLBTradeRumors.com, January 12, 2010.
- White Sox Release Daniel Cabrera, Jason Botts, MLBTradeRumors.com, March 17, 2010.
- Nats pen Botts to minor league deal Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
- The Camden connection Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Mets Sign Jason Botts, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 19, 2011.
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