Where Are They Now? Former Colorado Rockies Pitcher Scott Dohmann
Jun 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a Colorado Rockies banner during a sunset over Coors Field in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Dohmann was a hard-throwing right-hander with the Colorado Rockies in 2004, 2005, and 2006, throwing in exactly 100 games for the Rox before playing for Tampa Bay and Kansas City.
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The Colorado Rockies drafted Scott Dohmann out of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in the eighth round in 2000, and converted him from a starting pitcher to a hard-throwing reliever by 2003 at AA Tulsa, where he struck out 102 batters in 93.2 innings. After dominating at AAA Colorado Springs in 2004 (31 strikeouts and just four earned runs allowed in 22 innings), the Rockies called him up and Dohmann threw in 41 games in 2004 with the big club.
As it turned out, save for half a season in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, ’04 was Dohmann’s best season in the big leagues, after he earned a 4.11 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.304 WHIP, and 122 ERA+ in 46 innings, striking out 49 hitters and walking just 19 (though he did give up eight home runs and went 0-3 on the year).
Dohmann made a name for himself between June 22 and July 29, 2004, when he tossed 15.1 scoreless innings across 13 appearances, decreasing his ERA from 6.52 at the start of the streak, to 2.52 by the end of it. (Later in the season, he had another 10-game scoreless streak between August 10 and September 3.)
Dohmann never quite found that success again, and in the middle of 2006, the Rockies shipped him to Kansas City along with Ryan Shealy, in exchange for Denny Bautista and Jeremy Affeldt in a trade which, all things considered, ended up working out pretty well for the Rockies. Dohmann’s Rockies career ended after 100 games/101.2 innings, a 1.505 WHIP, 106 strikeouts, a 5.22 ERA, and a 4.90 FIP. All in all, considering the era and some of the teams he played on, well, that’s about average.
Dohmann bounced around after the Rockies traded him, appearing in Kansas City (2006), Tampa Bay (2007 and 2008), Japan (2009), the Diamondbacks’ AAA affiliate (2009), the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate (2010), and the Mexican League (2011).
After baseball — which ended with the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League in 2011 — Dohmann opened up Custom Pools by Dohmann, which creates some really cool custom pools and outdoor designs in Lafayette, Louisiana.
He’s also active on Twitter (@ScottDohmann), mostly tweeting about his alma mater, the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (and pools!):
All told, Dohmann threw 164 games over five big league seasons, plus 336 more minor league games across parts of twelve seasons in his professional career. Very, very few professional baseball players make it in the game past their 30th birthday, and Dohmann was able to get paid to play the game until past his 33rd year. It seems like he’s adjusted to an off-field future, too, which is difficult for pro athletes sometimes. Good for him in both regards.
Most importantly, Dohmann was kind of a bad ass — he’s the only pitcher I can think of who was once ejected for not hitting a batter, and he once caught a shark while deep sea fishing.