“We will miss Danielle and everything she brought to the Bandits. With her upcoming trip to Tokyo for the Olympic Games this summer, this move was made with both her training and best interests in mind,” Bandits General Manager Toni Calmeyn said. “A medal at the Olympic level is her ultimate goal, and we wish her the best of luck.”
O’Toole became one of the team’s most utilized arms in the circle for the Bandits last summer, racking up 51.2 IP in 12 appearances, going 7-2 on the season.
“O’Toole is an elite level talent by NPF and international standards,” Stephen Dunn, General Manager of the Comets said. “She has proven time and time again to be one of the most effective pitchers in the game. We are incredibly proud to bring her into the Comets organization and to assist Mexico in their preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.”
This will be the Mexican National Softball Team’s first appearance in the Olympic Games. O’Toole went 2-0 in the Olympic Qualifier with an ERA of 0.49, the fourth best among qualified pitchers.
I have had some of the best memories of my career playing with the Bandits, and I have met some really wonderful people the past few years. The staff, the mayor, and my teammates treated me like family, and that was the best part of playing in Chicago,” O’Toole said. “I am going to miss being a Bandit for the 2020 season, but I’ll be a Bandit for life. This trade is in the best interests of Team Mexico where we will be pursuing our goal of bringing home a medal in the Olympic Games, and I am excited to start a new journey with them.”