The Toronto Blue Jays are rebuilding, there are no two ways about it. They have a number of solid talent, but they’re not quite ready to hang with the Red Sox at the top of the division. Along with their budding homegrown talent, they also have a few players who have bounced around quite a bit and maybe just need a new place to mix things up. One such player is Octavio Dotel, who played with three different teams last season. He is just one of a long line of players who got a shot with Toronto to revitalize his career.
Chuck Hartenstein may not be the first player to play for both the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, but he certainly has one of the most interesting routes from Boston to Toronto. After sending 3 years in the big leagues with Chicago Cubs, he spent a year and a bit with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969-1970. In 1970, he changed teams three times in a month. First claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals and then acquired by the Boston Red Sox.In 15 games he appeared in with the Red Sox, the team lost all but two of them on their way to a third place finish.
After the whirlwind 1970 season, Hartenstein found himself in the minors, toiling through Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona in the White Sox and Giants organizations before spending two years in Hawaii with the AAA team of the San Diego Padres. That all changed with the 1977 season.
With the Toronto Blue Jays expansion team coming into existence, it’s easy to see why they scooped up Hartenstein from the San Diego Padres. He had maintained a respectable stretch of six seasons in the minor leagues leading up to Toronto bringing him north of the border.
Unfortunately for the Blue Jays and Hartenstein’s return to the big leagues, it wasn’t meant to be. The 35 year old appeared in just 13 games and allowed 40 hits in 27+ innings, including 8 home runs. By contrast, Dotel is handling his own as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
The Red Sox are riding high after a business-like 5-1 win last night, so the guess here is it’ll continue another day!