• Doyle Alexander

    Posted by on October 4th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    Reading this (below), on SignOnSanDiego.com got me thinking about Doyle Alexander…

    A grievance the Padres are pursuing against shortstop Khalil Greene likely will not be heard before spring training, said Mike Weiner of the major league players association.

    The union is representing Greene in response to the club’s attempt to recover up to $1.47 million in salary paid after Greene’s self-inflicted hand injury ended his season July 30.

    “We’re confident that Khalil’s position in this case will be upheld,” said Weiner, general counsel for the union. The Padres stopped paying Greene in August, according to the union, which responded by filing a grievance. The Padres paid the amount they had withheld from Greene, then filed a grievance.

    Weiner said Yankees pitcher Doyle Alexander won a grievance after the Yankees tried to recover salary paid while he was sidelined for two months in 1982; Alexander had fractured a knuckle when he punched a dugout wall in Seattle’s Kingdome.

    Padres CEO Sandy Alderson has said the grievance goes beyond trying to recover money. “In the larger sense, it’s about deterring this kind of conduct in the future because the consequences can be critical to a team,” he said Tuesday.

    As a rent-a-player, in 1976, Alexander did a good job for the Yankees. But, his second time around in the Bronx was terrible – back in 1982. And, the whole thing went bad. The Yanks traded for him to start the ’82 season – and he gives them an ERA of 6.08 that season. The following season, New York releases him. He signs with the Blue Jays and does a great job for them – until 1986 when they trade him to the Braves for Duane Ward. Ouch.

    Anyway, thinking about 1976 for a minute reminded me of something else. After that season, somebody…I can’t remember if it was the Yankees or the Daily News or someone else…issued this magazine/yearbook:

    It was great. If I remember it correctly, it had the boxscore for every Yankees game that season and a small story on each game. I had it, back then, and loved it. Then again, I was 13-years old and had only been a Yankees fan for four years…

    Lord only knows what happened to my copy. Sometime in the 1980’s, it bit the dust. Gosh, I wish that I had kept it. I’m sure it would be cool to look back at that today. For sure, it would be a lot cooler than looking back at Doyle Alexander circa 1982.

    Comments on Doyle Alexander

    1. Raf
      October 4th, 2008 | 8:53 am

      In light of the Alexander incident, did the Yanks pursue the same angle with Kevin Brown?

      Wasn’t Alexander the winning pitcher when the Yanks were eliminated from playoff contention in ’85?

      Double ouch

    2. unmoderated
      October 4th, 2008 | 11:54 am

      Book Description: RA Productions Inc., 1976. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. 8×10 sized publication covers the 1976 regular season of Billy Martin, Thurman Munson & the rest of the New York Yankees, in detail. Brief accounts & line scores of each game, player profiles & biographies. Heavily illustrated w. bw photos; statistics, etc. 1st printing of the 1st edition, trade paperback (no hardcover published)

    3. unmoderated
      October 4th, 2008 | 11:55 am

      that description comes from abebooks, where you can buy it for 10 bucks

    4. gphunt
      October 4th, 2008 | 2:37 pm

      He was also traded to the Tigers for John Smoltz….that’s a major ouch for the Tigers

    5. October 4th, 2008 | 5:58 pm

      thanks unmoderated

    6. enchano
      October 5th, 2008 | 7:51 pm

      If you go through the play by logs of the 76 season when Doyle Alexander pitched for the Yankees, there were many times when he went deep into games pitching a perfect game. My first ever game at renovated Yankee Stadium was a Monday night game against the Tigers which was on ABC Mon night baseball when Doyle Alexander retired the first 20 Tigers before Rusty Staub hit a clean single.

    7. October 5th, 2008 | 9:52 pm

      I totally forgot about that…but, you reminded me…and now I remember. FWIW, IIRC, you’re right about that.

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