If one is a lonely number, what is zero?

For Adam Ottavino, it is oddly beautiful. The Rockies reliever will switch to No. 0 for the regular season after receiving permission from the club. Ottavino is currently wearing No. 37, random digits that were assigned when he was promoted to the big leagues last season. He has a history with zero, the Big O.

“I wore it growing up, and even in high school. When I was younger, it was like having my name on the back of my jersey (O for Ottavino) when we didn’t have our names on the back,” Ottavino said.

Ottavino, in his short big league career with the Cardinals and Rockies, has worn 35, which he ceded to Jake Westbrook, 53, 56 and 37. The most recent big leaguers to wear No. 0 include Rey Ordonez and Al Oliver.

“Nobody will want zero,” Ottavino said. “I am sure I will get heckled more on the road. But I am not worried about it.”

Footnote
For those asking, catcher Lars Davis has switched to No. 75 after new acquisition Reid Brignac was assigned 16. Said Davis, “He has more time than me. It doesn’t matter. It’s a number. It’s never been a big deal to me.”