Cubs transactions January 24, 1994
The Cubs signed Chicago, Illinois native Dave Otto. It was the tall (6’7") left-hander’s last of eight seasons in the majors. He pitched in 36-games, all in relief, going (0-1, 3.80).
After being selected by Oakland in the 2nd round of the 1985 Draft, Otto spent the majority of his career with the A’s in the minor leagues. He pitched in just 9-games over four seasons with Oakland before signing as a free agent with the Indians in 1991.
In two seasons with Cleveland Otto appeared in 36-games making 30 starts with an overall record of (7-17, 5.49). The Pirates selected him as part of the minor league draft in 1992 where he was transitioned to a reliever going (3-4, 5.03) in 28-games before being released in August of 1993.
Otto was a standout athlete at Elk Grove High School and later attended the University of Missouri where he excelled as a DH and pitcher. In 2000 Otto was inducted into the Tiger’s Hall of Fame.
Although Otto’s professional career is far from memorable, when have grown familiar with him as a fill-in member of the Cubs’ broadcast teams. First working alongside Chip Caray in replacement of Steve Stone and then filling in for the late Ron Santo on WGN Radio. Otto is still visible as a fill-in commentator for Comcast SpotsNet on Cubs pre and post game broadcasts.