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Randy Choate
Tampa Bay Rays ‚ÄĒ No. 36
Relief pitcher
Born: September 5, 1975 (1975-09-05) (age 34)
San Antonio, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
July 1, 2000 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     6-7
Earned run average     4.43
Strikeouts     157
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Randol "The Wild Boar" Choate (born September 5, 1975, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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High school years

Choate attended Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas, and was a letterman in baseball.

Pro career

Choate made his debut on July 1, 2000, retiring the only batter he faced, in a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field. In his 22 games for the New York Yankees that year, Choate had a record of 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA, after having his contract purchased by the Yankees from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. After a career best 3-1 record with 3.35 ERA in 2001, Choate had a miserable 2002 and 2003, playing in just 23 games and a 6.23 ERA over that timespan.

Choate moved to the Montreal Expos, during the 2003-2004 offseason, but didn't get to play a game in the last-ever season for the Expos, as the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired him in a trade on March 27, that sent Arizona pitcher John Patterson back to Montreal. Choate appeared in nearly every second game for the D-Backs, playing 74 games (the most number of games by a left-handed pitcher in Diamondbacks history and the 4th highest in total franchise history), achieving a 2-4 record with a 4.62 ERA.

In 2005 and 2006, Choate played in 90 games. However, Choate played a vast majority of the 2006 season with Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders, playing a key role in the bullpen, by helping them win the Pacific Coast League championship.

Choate later signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on January 9, 2007, but chose to become a free agent on March 24 after being reassigned to a minor league camp three days earlier. He signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks in April 2007, and was assigned to Triple-A Tucson. The Diamondbacks purchased his contract from Tucson on June 26, 2007,[1] but he made only two appearances before he was designated for assignment on June 28.[2]

On November 14, 2007, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Choate to a one-year contract. During spring training 2008, Choate broke a bone in his left hand.[3] In mid-June, he began his rehab assignment in the minors. He pitched for the first time in the 2008 season for the High-A Brevard County Manatees. He was next moved up to Triple-A Nashville. On July 10, Choate was sent outright to the minors. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on January 6, 2009. Choate earned his first career save on May 29, 2009 for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Minnesota Twins.

On December 12, 2009, Choate avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1 year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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