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Sean Doolittle explains jersey number change, plan to make it up to fans

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 3/25/2019 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports
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Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle has quickly become one of the most popular players on the team over the past two seasons, but any merchandise that has been sold with his jersey number on it is suddenly outdated. The left-hander is trying his best to make that up to fans.

On Monday, Doolittle announced he is changing from No. 62 to No. 63 this season. He said the number “carries a special significance” for his family and he decided to switch after leaving the Nationals to tend to a family emergency earlier this year.

Doolittle said he understands fans have purchased jerseys and other items with his previous No. 62, and he’s planning to give away some free stuff to help offset that.

The Nationals acquired Doolittle in a trade with the Oakland A’s back in 2017, and he has stabilized the back end of their bullpen. He was lights-out last season and converted 25 of 26 save opportunities, finishing the season with a 1.60 ERA and just 21 hits allowed in 45 innings. 

Doolittle has already proven he is a team-first guy with some remarks he made this year about Washington potentially bolstering its bullpen, and the fans have to appreciate him showing them some love as well.

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