Monday, July 18, 2011

Player Profile: Doyle Alexander

Check out my latest installment of This Week in Baseball Cards over at the Hall of Very Good. Topics covered are Kevin Costner, tattoos, and my favorite Yankee Stadium memory.

I have 34 cards of Doyle Alexander. This one is from 1982 Topps Traded.

Playing career: Doyle Alexander pitched 19 seasons in the major leagues. He originally came up with the Dodgers, who traded him to Frank Robinson. He then moved on to the Yankees, the Rangers, the Braves, the Giants, the Yankees again, the Blue Jays, and the Braves again, who traded him to the Tigers for minor leaguer John Smoltz in 1987. He went 9-0 in eleven starts for the Tigers, leading them on a late charge to the AL East title. He earned MVP votes in 1984, 1985 and 1987. He retired in 1989 after leading the American League in losses and home runs. Alexander was one of the worst pitchers in postseason history. In six starts he was 0-5 with an 8.38 ERA.

Where he is now: For someone who won almost 200 games he has kept a very low profile since retirement. Anyone know where he is now?

My memories: By the time I was following baseball, he was already an ex-Yankee. Just another former Yankee pitcher who had gone on to greater success with other teams.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Doyle A, between Doyle and Dunneys, a bar in New City, NY and Doyle Auction Results, referring to a New York auctioneering company. Another prominent Doyle Alexander is a former Tiger Stadium employee who passed away last year.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Gary Alexander.

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