Brian Doyle (baseball)

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Brian Doyle
Doyle at an autograph signing in 2013.
Born: (1955-01-26) January 26, 1955 (age 61)
Glasgow, Kentucky
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 30, 1978, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 24, 1981, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .161
Hits 32
Runs batted in 13

Brian Reed Doyle (born January 26, 1955 in Glasgow, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the New York Yankees and Oakland A's. He played primarily as a second baseman. Although a reserve for most of his career, Doyle starred in the 1978 World Series for the World Champion Yankees.


Doyle was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1972 amateur draft. Before playing a game for the Rangers he was traded to the Yankees along with Greg Pryor in exchange for Sandy Alomar.[1] Doyle joined the Yankees in 1978. He played parts of three seasons for the Yankees as a reserve infielder through 1980.

However, when Willie Randolph was injured for the 1978 World Series, Doyle filled in as the Yankee second baseman. In six World Series games, he batted .438 with seven hits in 16 at bats, one double, four runs scored and two runs batted ins, helping the Yankees to their second straight World Series victory.

After the end of the 1980 season, Doyle was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the Rule 5 draft. He played for the Athletics in 1981, his last season in the Major Leagues. Doyle played 110 games in his career, with a batting average of .161 and one home run.


His brother, Denny, also played in the major leagues.

His twin brother, Blake, played only in the minor leagues before becoming a major league coach.

In 1978, Brian and his brothers founded Doyle Baseball, a baseball school.[2]

In the 1990s, Doyle was diagnosed with leukemia, and was later on diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2015.[3]


Doyle is mentioned in the Showtime series Billions, Season 1, Episode 3 "Yum Time" when hedge fund manager, Bobby Axelrod, gives trusty but untested trader, Donny, more responsibility by tripling his accounts saying "You're going to be our Brian Doyle" and continues to explain Doyle's .161 lifetime batting average and MVP like performance in the 1978 World Series.


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