Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We Barely Knew Ya... Doyle Alexander

Doyle Alexander actually had two stints with the Braves: 1980 and again in 1986-1987. 

His first go-around began in December of 1979, when he and Larvell Blanks were traded by Texas to Atlanta for Adrian Devine and Pepe Frias. After going 14-11 in 35 starts, he was dealt to the Giants in December, 1980 for John Montefusco and minor league pitcher Craig Landis.

Fast forward to July of 1986. Alexander- now with the Blue Jays- is traded once again to Atlanta, this time for rookie pitcher Duane Ward. Doyle would go on to pitch in thirty-three games for the Braves between July of '86 and August, 1987, when he was sent packing to Detroit for a prospect by the name of John Smoltz. Alexander helped the Tigers win their division, going  9-0 in eleven starts and finishing 4th in the voting for the A.L. Cy Young award.

Braves Cardboard:
1981 Topps #708
1981 Donruss #448
1981 Fleer # 255
1987 Topps #686 
1987 O-Pee-Chee #249
1987 Donruss #657
1987 Fleer #510

25-27  4.09 ERA  68 games 466.2 IP 

Changed the future of a franchise- only by what he brought in return, not by what he did on the field.

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