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Octavio Dotel is retiring after 15 seasons for 13 teams

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Dotel celebrates after getting out of the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Octavio Dotel celebrates after getting out of the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of MLB’s World Series baseball championship in St. Louis, Missouri, October 28, 2011. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Octavio Dotel, who missed all of this season with elbow problems, has decided to retire rather than try another comeback at age 40, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Dotel had a remarkable career, pitching 15 seasons for 13 different teams despite not debuting until age 25, not finding his full-time home in the bullpen until age 27, and often dealing with arm troubles.

Armed with a good fastball and sharp-breaking slider, Dotel went from struggling as a starter to making 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings.

His career strikeout rate of 10.8 per nine innings is the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings. Directly behind him on the list are Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

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