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.