Sunday, July 19, 2015

#579 Doyle Alexander

Extraordinarily well traveled….career would tank then he would resurface… In the beginning was a 6 game winner as 1st year pitcher in Dodger blue…was the top prospect given in exchange in the Frank Robinson deal…Did the most career wise…equaled his win total with the Orioles in a mix of starts and relief…despite a 2.45 ERA (career best) he had a tough time breaking in Baltimore incumbent quartet of 20 game winners….got more starts in 1973 and 12 wins with the departure of Pat Dobson….did not develop as expected in next season and a half…Midseason trade to the Yankees in 1976 was first of four he would have….Experienced first success in Texas with a 17 wins: 1977…after two mediocre follow up seasons found himself in Atlanta, then SF, back to NYY (big time fail)….Resurfaced with Toronto and put back to back 17 win campaigns….Mid season trade to Atlanta resulted in a year’s worth of subpar pitching…While toiling for the Braves 1991 was shipped to Detroit where he enjoyed 9-0 regular season run pushing them in the playoffs…Invincibility was broken in post season by the Twins who shelled him…played two more seasons in Tigertown….Won a total of 194 games in 19 seasons but went 0-5 in playoffs…top salary while playing was 1 million a year…should have made more given he pitched well into the free agency age.

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