Dave Mlicki, Greg McMichael, Brian Bohanon, Aaron Sele – Dodgers Digest

Having appeared by means of the checklist of pitchers who lasted proper round 100 profession innings with the Dodgers because the early 90s, three of the next confirmed up, whereas the fourth has an odd connection to 2 of the others. All of them allowed me to revisit some important moments, between the disastrous 1998 season and the 4+1 sport.


Dave Mlicki, Greg McMichael, Brian Bohanon

Just a few months after the O’Malley’s offered the Dodgers to Fox Leisure Group, the group made the primary of 4 trades with the New York Mets within the span of six months.

Having opened the season with Chan Ho Park, Ismael Valdez, Darren Dreifort, Ramon Martinez and Hideo Nomo because the beginning rotation, the Dodgers nonetheless discovered themselves 7.5 video games again of the Padres 20 days after making the Mike Piazza commerce (after they have been 8 video games again of the Padres on the day of the commerce). With Nomo struggling in his 67 2/3 innings, holding a 5.05 ERA and a 4.34 FIP, the Dodgers designated Nomo for project after which despatched him to New York for Mlicki and McMichael on June 4.

Mlicki, a 30-year-old who had pitched for Cleveland and New York, arrived with a 5.68 ERA and 5.17 FIP in 57 innings throughout 10 begins, whereas McMichael, a 31-year-old right-handed reliever, held a 3.97 ERA and a 3.76 FIP in his 22 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Leaping forward 17 days later, and now 12.5 video games behind the Padres in addition to 7 video games again of the Wild Card, the Dodgers fired supervisor Invoice Russell and normal supervisor Fred Claire was changed by Tommy Lasorda. Mlicki’s first three begins as a Dodger had really gone properly, with Los Angeles successful all three as he struck out 11 to 3 walks in 20 innings with a 2.70 ERA. In the meantime, McMichael had earned a save in a kind of victories for Mlicki. Nevertheless, after placing out 7 in 4 1/3 innings throughout his first 4 appearances, McMichael allowed 15 hits and 5 walks to simply 4 strikeouts in his subsequent 10 innings throughout eight appearances.

McMichael’s tenure as a Dodger would final just a bit greater than 30 days, as normal supervisor Lasorda despatched him again to the Mets for Bohanon. A 29-year-old lefty who bounced from the Rangers to the Tigers to the Blue Jays to the Mets between 1994 and 1997, Bohanon held a 3.15 ERA and 4.15 FIP in 54 1/3 innings earlier than the commerce on July 10. With Martinez happening for the 12 months in mid-June, Dennys Reyes had crammed within the open rotation spot earlier than the transfer for Bohanon. Previous to McMichael going again to the Mets, Lasorda had already despatched 22-year-old Paul Konerko and the 21-year-old Reyes to the Reds for 32-year-old Jeff Shaw per week prior because the Dodgers desperately tried to rebuild their pitching employees in the course of the season.

Bohanon began 14 video games for the Dodgers, ending with a 2.40 ERA and 4.13 FIP in 97 1/3 innings. He really produced the perfect Ok% of his profession in 1998 (17.7%), ending his transient run in Los Angeles at a 18.2 Ok%. Mlicki’s 20 begins for the Dodgers in 1998 wasn’t fairly nearly as good, with a 4.05 ERA and 4.42 FIP in 124 1/3 innings, however Los Angeles managed to win 12 of these video games. In the meantime, one other commerce on the deadline for Carlos Perez, Mark Grudzielanek and Hiram Bocachica despatched Wilton Guerrero, Ted Lilly, Peter Bergeron and Jonathan Tucker to Montreal. Whereas the Padres have been on the way in which to reaching the World Sequence and led the Dodgers by 14 video games within the NL West on July 31, the 4.5 sport deficit within the Wild Card was nonetheless sufficient of a motive to chase a playoff spot.

Bohanan’s Dodgers profession ended that fall as he signed a three-year take care of the Rockies, whereas Mlicki (together with Mel Rojas, who additionally got here from the Mets for Bobby Bonilla in November 1998) was despatched to Detroit simply 11 days into the 1999 season. Pitching out of the bullpen, Mlicki had allowed 4 runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings earlier than the commerce. Apostol Garcia, Richard Roberts and Robinson Checo got here again to Los Angeles within the deal, with the primary two by no means reaching the majors and Checo pitching in 9 video games for the Dodgers in 1999 with a ten.34 ERA.

As everyone knows, the Dodgers wouldn’t make the playoffs once more till 2004 and didn’t win a playoff sequence till 2008. All these have been principally simply random trades in 1998, with the previous Mets pitchers a helpful instance, as they mixed for 236 innings in 1998 and seven 1/3 in 1999. The ultimate commerce between the Dodgers and Mets in 1998 was the one one with any lasting influence, with Todd Hundley (and Arnold Gooch?) coming to Los Angeles for Roger Cedeno and Charles Johnson.


Aaron Sele

Getting into his 14th 12 months within the majors to start the 2006 season, Sele signed a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Coaching a few month earlier than the crew reported to Vero Seaside.

Coming off a return to Seattle, Sele completed his 2005 within the majors with a 5.66 ERA and a 5.31 FIP in 116 innings throughout 21 begins earlier than being lower and briefly touchdown in Triple-A with Texas earlier than being lower once more after two begins. With Derek Lowe and Brad Penny on the prime of the rotation, the Dodgers deliberate to fill out the remainder of the rotation with a 33-year-old Brett Tomko, Odalis Perez and Jae Weong Website positioning (who lasted as a Dodger for all of 19 appearances), whereas Sele was principally only a depth addition for the minors.

Other than Lowe and Penny, the rotation didn’t work as deliberate, and Chad Billingsley finally made his main league debut in June, as did Eric Stults in September, and trades for Mark Hendrickson (with Website positioning going to Tampa Bay) and Greg Maddux went down on the finish of July. Nevertheless, tying for the fourth-most begins behind Lowe (34), Penny (33) and Billingsley (16) was in the end Sele’s 15.

Opening the season in Las Vegas, Sele spent April in Triple-A, the place he had a 2.43 ERA in 29 2/3 innings by means of 5 begins. Placing out 28 batters to 5 walks for the 51s, and agreeing to chop his pay from $900,000 to $500,000, Sele moved as much as the majors after the Dodgers initially agreed to launch him after his profitable stretch in Las Vegas. Sele debuted for the Dodgers on Could 7 with a 6 2/3 innings towards the Brewers to earn his first victory within the majors since June 15, 2005. In the meantime, a 4 1/3 inning outing with 7 runs allowed towards Arizona on Could 2 ended Perez’s common spot within the rotation, with Ned Colletti‘s e-book The Massive Chair really breaking down the deterioration of the crew’s relationship with the pitcher the evening earlier than that begin. Perez’s transfer to the bullpen earlier than his eventual departure in late July stored Sele within the rotation to the commerce deadline.

Via his first 12 appearances, which included 11 begins, Sele held a 2.91 ERA and a 3.75 FIP in 65 innings with the Dodgers 7-4 in these begins. Nevertheless, probably the most notable second in his 28 video games and 103 1/3 innings for the Dodgers got here on Sept. 18. Getting into within the tenth inning of a 9-9 tie due to these residence runs by Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin and Marlon Anderson, Sele surrendered a go-ahead run on a RBI single by Josh Bard, the present Dodgers bullpen coach.

Figuring out of the inning with the bases loaded, Sele remained the pitcher of document as Kenny Lofton drew a leadoff stroll towards former and future Dodger Rudy Seanez, earlier than Nomar Garciaparra walked off for the 11-10 victory to briefly take over first place within the NL West. The ultimate begin of Sele’s profession got here just a few weeks earlier when he allowed 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Rockies.

Ending with a 4.53 ERA and 4.36 FIP with the Dodgers, Sele landed one final minor-league contract as he signed with the Mets and spent 2007 working in reduction. After retiring, Sele frolicked with the Dodgers as a minor league pitching teacher, a particular assistant for participant personnel and as a scout from 2009 to 2017.