September 4 – Happy Birthday Doyle Alexander

Doyle Alexander would never win a Mr Cogeniality contest.  He had two tours of duty as a Yankee starter and made few friends in either. His first stay in the Bronx did however, reap significant dividends for both team and player.  It began during the 1976 season, when Doyle was part of a ten-player deal between New York and Baltimore. He went 10-5 after putting on the pinstripes that year, playing a huge role in helping New York capture the 1976 AL Pennant. He then got hammered in his only postseason start against the Reds in the ’76 World Series and I believe it was that shaky appearance and the fact that nobody in the Yankee organization was a big fan of Alexander’s prickly personality, that permitted the Texas Rangers to swoop in and sign the big right-hander to a free agent deal.

By 1982, this native of Cordova, Alabama was pitching for San Francisco and the Yankees traded for him a second time. Alexander was not so great during his encore appearance in pinstripes. In fact, when Steinbrenner insulted the pitcher by telling reporters he got hit so hard the Yankee infielders were afraid to play behind him, wise-guy Graig Nettles rubbed a bit more salt in the wound by adding that he would even avoid sitting in the bleachers when Alexander was on the mound. He won just one of nine decisions during his repeat stay in the Bronx and New York released him early on in the 1983 season. He went on to become a 17-game winner for the Blue Jays in each of the next two seasons. Born on this date in 1950, Alexander retired after the 1989 season with a Big League record of 194-174.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1976 NYY 10 5 .667 3.29 19 19 0 5 2 0 136.2 114 54 50 9 39 41 1.120
1982 NYY 1 7 .125 6.08 16 11 3 0 0 0 66.2 81 52 45 14 14 26 1.425
1983 NYY 0 2 .000 6.35 8 5 2 0 0 0 28.1 31 21 20 6 7 17 1.341
19 Yrs 194 174 .527 3.76 561 464 56 98 18 3 3367.2 3376 1541 1406 324 978 1528 1.293
BAL (5 yrs) 35 37 .486 3.41 137 64 43 19 4 3 593.0 559 260 225 41 196 215 1.273
TOR (4 yrs) 46 26 .639 3.56 106 103 2 25 3 0 750.0 752 315 297 81 172 392 1.232
ATL (3 yrs) 25 27 .481 4.09 68 68 0 12 1 0 466.2 477 235 212 50 118 252 1.275
TEX (3 yrs) 31 28 .525 3.89 88 80 6 19 2 0 541.1 533 252 234 45 222 213 1.395
NYY (3 yrs) 11 14 .440 4.47 43 35 5 5 2 0 231.2 226 127 115 29 60 84 1.235
DET (3 yrs) 29 29 .500 3.91 78 78 0 13 5 0 540.1 568 256 235 61 148 265 1.325
SFG (1 yr) 11 7 .611 2.89 24 24 0 1 1 0 152.1 156 51 49 11 44 77 1.313
LAD (1 yr) 6 6 .500 3.80 17 12 0 4 0 0 92.1 105 45 39 6 18 30 1.332
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/4/2013.

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