Dave Shotkoski was a minor league pitcher who spent two years with the Atlanta Braves organization (1985-1986), three years in the Oakland Athletics organization (1987-1989) and one year with the California Angels organization (1991). Shotkoski was a journeyman pitcher who was looking to prolong his minor league career with the hopes of someday making the major leagues. Under a normal situation, Shotkoski would have gotten a chance to catch on with a team on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. With the league on strike, he had a chance to either play baseball or go home and find a new living. He caught on with the Atlanta Braves and was a replacement pitcher when he was shot and killed in a robbery attempt. This happened on 3/24/1995 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Former MLB infielder and fellow replacement player Terry Blocker helped police catch the killer, Neal Douglas Evans, who admitted the crime and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 27 years for murder and was released last year after serving just 17.