Jason Botts

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Jason Botts
Botts with the Texas Rangers in 2008
Left fielder / Designated hitter
Born: (1980-07-26) July 26, 1980 (age 39)
Paso Robles, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 14, 2005, for the Texas Rangers
NPB: July 8, 2008, for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Last appearance
MLB: April 27, 2008, for the Texas Rangers
NPB: October 10, 2009, for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
MLB statistics
Batting average.230
Home runs5
Runs batted in28
NPB statistics
Batting average.252
Home runs6
Runs batted in22

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.


Texas Rangers[edit]

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.

On April 29, 2008, the Rangers designated Botts for assignment, giving them 10 days to trade,release,or outright him to the minors. On May 7, 2008, the Rangers outrighted Botts to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters[edit]

On June 4, 2008, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's Pacific League acquired him from the Texas Rangers.[1] 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[edit]

Botts was signed to a minor league contract on December 17, 2009, by the Chicago White Sox.[2] Botts was released on March 17, 2010.[3]

Camden River Sharks[edit]

Botts started the 2010 season with the Camden River Sharks of the Atlantic League.

Washington Nationals[edit]

On June 9, 2010, he was signed to a minor league contract by the Washington Nationals.[4]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On March 26, 2011, Botts signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He was released on April 7.

New York Mets[edit]

Botts signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League for 2011.[5] However, on May 19, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[6]


Botts is one of only two major leaguers to have been born in Paso Robles, California, the other being Hal Rhyne.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Jason Botts Acquired By Nippon Ham, MLBTradeRumors.com, June 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Minor League Transactions, MLBTradeRumors.com, January 12, 2010.
  3. ^ White Sox Release Daniel Cabrera, Jason Botts, MLBTradeRumors.com, March 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Nats pen Botts to minor league deal Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The Camden connection Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Mets Sign Jason Botts, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 19, 2011.

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