Baseball has produced many big stars, among them is one of the best pitchers Sean Doolittle who plays for Washington Nationals of the Major League Baseball (MLB). Drafted by the Oakland Celtics as the 41st overall selection in the MLB draft of 2007, Doolittle was named All-Star in 2014 and is a gold medalist with the United States team at the World University Championships.
Doolittle is an above average player and he has recorded massive success since the inception of his career. He set a franchise record for most strikeouts during his high school career at Shawnee High School. Read on, to find out more about Sean Doolittle’s biography, his stats, contract, salary, wife, and other interesting facts below.
Sean Doolittle Biography
Sean Robert Doolittle was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on September 26, 1986. His father is an Airforce veteran while his cousin Jimmy Doolittle is a pilot, best known for the Doolittle Raid of Japan during the Second World War. Sean was raised in Tabernacle Township New Jersey where he attended Shawne High School. He started playing baseball right from a tender age and he participated in the International Youth Baseball league called The Babe Ruth Baseball. While at Shawnee, Dolittle excelled as a pitcher, thus breaking the state record for most strikeouts in a game. He also led Shawnee to a state championship.
Upon graduation, Doolittle enrolled at the University of Virginia where he played as a first baseman and starting pitcher. He set a record for most wins in a career which was later surpassed by Danny Hultzen. He joined the United States National Collegiate Baseball team in 2005 after which he led the team to win the gold medal at the World University Championship held in Havana in 2006.
Professional Career, Contract, Stats
Drafted as First baseman/outfielder, Sean Doolittle was picked by the Oakland Athletics as the 41st overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft of 2007. He made his professional debut in June of the same year and further made his major league appearance in 2009.
During the 2009 season, Doolittle recorded an outstanding season finishing 10th in the Oakland’s farm system. He later sustained knee injuries which ruled him out for the rest of the 2010 season. Doolittle returned in the 2011 season and was converted to a pitcher. He played his first league game as a pitcher in Arizona that year.
The following year, he proved himself to be one of the top left-hand pitchers in Oakland team, recording 26 professional innings. He also made three strikeouts against Texas Rangers and his first career save against Masahiro Tanaka‘s New York Yankees, thus, leading his team to win the AL West on the last day of the season.
In April 2014, Doolittle was given contract extension with a five-year deal worth $10.5 million. He finished the season as one of the top ‘closer players’ in the league and was named to the American All-Star Team of 2014, where he faced three batters and recorded two strikeouts for the team.
During the 2015 season, Doolittle appeared on the disabled list following a shoulder injury. While on rehab, he pitched the seventh inning against the Omaha Storm Chasers in June 2017. He was also traded to the Washington Nationals alongside Ryan Madson. He recorded his first save for the Nationals in their win over Los Angeles Angels in the same year.
Salary and Net Worth
Taking a glimpse on his net worth and salary earnings, Doolittle has been earning a substantial amount following his five-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. The contract is worth $10.5 million and includes last year option of $500,000 buyout. However, his net worth is still under review and cannot be ascertained at the moment. Being one of the top pitchers for Nationals, Doolittle currently earns a base salary around $4,350,000.
Married Life: Who is His Wife (Eireann Dolan)?
To every successful man, there’s always a caring and supportive woman. Doolittle isn’t just successful in his baseball career, but he is also successful in his love life. He shares an amazing love story with his heartthrob named Eireann Dolan. Dolan is a prolific writer and a former broadcaster for CSN California. Just like her husband, she grew up in a military family. Dolan graduated from the University of San Diego where she studied theology and religious studies.
The amazing couple met in 2012 through a mutual friend and a former Oakland Athletics A’s pitcher, Brandon McCarthy. At the time, Dolan was working as a comedy writer for McCarthy who suggested they (Doolittle and Dolan) connect with each other. After their connection, the duo began their relationship. They shared similar interests which led them to offer various charity works which include raising money to equip new homes for American veterans in the Sacramento area. They also organized a Thanksgiving dinner for Syrian refugees in Chicago among others.
After five and a half years of a successful dating relationship, the pair got engaged in February 2012. A few months later, they sealed their love in a nuptial bliss. Their wedding was held on October 2, 2017, a day after the end of the 2017 MLB Season. The happy couple is having a blissful married life. They don’t have kids yet but might have plans of having them in the future.
Other Facts You Should Know about Sean Doolittle
1. Sean Robert Doolittle was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and was raised in a military family.
2. He led the United States team to win the gold medal at the World University Championships held in 2006 and was named MLB All-Star in 2014.
3. Doolittle stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 92 kg.
4. He met his charming wife Eireann Dolan through Brandon McCarthy in 2012.
6. Doolittle eloped to tied the knot with Dolan after the last game of 2017 Major League Baseball season.
7. The couple are active supporters of the LGBT community