September 4, 1950 |
|June 26, 1971, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1989, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||3.76|
|Career highlights and awards|
Doyle Lafayette Alexander (born September 4, 1950) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, and Detroit Tigers.
Major League career
After being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1968, Alexander debuted in the big leagues in 1971 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was traded, along with Bob O'Brien, Sergio Robles and Royle Stillman, to the Baltimore Orioles for Frank Robinson and Pete Richert in the offseason. He enjoyed his first winning season with the Orioles in 1973 when he went 12–8 with a 3.86 ERA. He was traded to the New York Yankees in a ten player deal in the middle of the 1976 season and went 10–5 to help the Yankees win the American League East division. He did not pitch during the American League Championship Series, so he was tagged to start Game One of the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, which he lost. Alexander signed with the Texas Rangers as a free agent in the offseason and enjoyed one good year before falling apart. It would not be until a trade to the Toronto Blue Jays during the 1983 season that he would return to form.
The Blue Jays were on the rise in the mid 1980s, and Alexander was an instrumental part of their success, winning 17 games in both 1984 and 1985, including the division-clinching win over the Yankees in 1985. His skill did not hold in the ALCS, however, where he went 0–1 with an 8.71 earned run average in two starts as the Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals in seven games.
A slow start the next year resulted in his being traded to the Atlanta Braves, who dealt him in turn to the contending Detroit Tigers midway through the 1987 season for a then unknown minor-leaguer named John Smoltz. The Tigers got more than they could have possibly hoped for in Alexander, who went 9–0 with a 1.53 ERA to propel the Tigers to the division title. However, he struggled again in the ALCS going 0–2 with a 10.00 ERA, bringing his postseason totals to 0–5 with an 8.38 ERA. The following year, Alexander went 14–11 with a 4.32 ERA, earning his only All-Star appearance. In 1989, his performance declined (6-18, 4.44 ERA) in part due to pitching with a fractured jaw and the team lost over 100 games. He retired following the season.
- Durr, Matt (30 July 2013). "More Than 25 Years Later, Detroit Tigers Still Regret Trading John Smoltz". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 5 June 2014.