What Happened to Alex Ochoa in 1998?

Alex Ochoa endured the worst year of his Major League career in 1998. Having been traded by The New York Mets to the Minnesota Twins in December 1997 (in exchange for Rich Becker), Ochoa was considered a high upside player who while coming off of a down year but was just one season removed from an excellent rookie campaign.

Ochoa failed to live up to expectations and was again traded in December of 1998 to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later, who eventually turned into Darrell Nicholas.

Alex Ochoa 1998 Stats


What Happened to Alex Ochoa After 1998?

Ochoa’s career turned around after the 98 season. His 1999 campaign was excellent, as the Brewers used him as a platoon outfielder and he slashed .300/.404./.466 while playing excellent defense. The following year he was traded to Cincinnati where he enjoyed his best pro season by slashing .316/.378/.964 over 118 games. He went on to eventually win a World Series Championship with the Anaheim Angels in 2002, his last MLB season.

What Teams Did Alex Ochoa Play For?

Ochoa was drafted by the Orioles but never played a Major League game for them. His first Major League seasons were with the New York Mets and he later played for the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers (2nd stint), and Anaheim Angels.

He signed a minor-league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003 but decided to leave the MLB for Japan, where he became a legendary foreign player. He returned to the States in 2007 when he signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.

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What Position Did Alex Ochoa Play?

Ochoa played all three outfield positions (RF, CF, LF) but RF was considered his best position because of his outstanding arm strength. Many scouts considered Ochoa to have the best throwing arm in the game.

Cubs President Theo Epstein once mentioned that he wished he had converted Ochoa to pitcher during his playing days because his arm was so strong. Epstein and Ochoa crossed paths in 2007 when Ochoa signed a minor league contract with Boston. By that point, it was too late to convert him to a pitcher.

Did Alex Ochoa Win a World Series Championship?

Yes, Ochoa won a World Series in 2002 with the Anaheim Angels. He was traded from Milwaukee to Anaheim near the trade deadline in exchange for Jorge Fabregas and players to be named later (would later become Pedro Liriano and Johnny Raburn).

Although the Angels already had a set outfield, Ochoa was often used as a late-game defensive replacement for the aging Tim Salmon. You can see Ochoa in right field when Darin Erstad makes the series-winning catch in center field. It was the last professional MLB game Ochoa would play in.

Where is Alex Ochoa Now (2020)?

Ochoa’s whereabouts are unknown as he’s been out of the public eye since his brief coaching stint with the Red Sox in 2011. He was rumored to be working with MLB agent Scott Boras who runs a baseball facility in the Miami, Florida area. Regardless of where Ochoa is now, he will always be remembered as a quality outfielder with an unbelievable throwing arm. 

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