Code Name: Doyle

DMZ · April 18, 2005 at 8:32 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Hi all,

You may know that I’m a big fan of a certain prospect. However, if you know that you must also be aware that that prospect has had a horrific and career-threatening injury problem. Yes, him. So! There’s a superstition that if a newborn is particularly fragile, the parents hold off naming them until they’re sure the child is through the worst — to not draw the attention of evil forces that might find and harm the kid while it is vulnerable.

In that tradition, I will say nothing about the player shagging balls before games in the outfield for Tacoma. I will be calling this player Doyle. Or Code Name: Doyle, or Conan Doyle for extra confusion. If there are evil spirits, I’m sure Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, noted for his gullibility nearly as much as his writing, would be happy to talk to them. This has the added benefit that SACD is dead, and so no harm can come from him if the injury spirits swing by to kneecap hip.

You may think this is ridiculous and silly, and I would agree with you. I’m still doing it.

Small Sample Size Theater
Doyle, in seven at-bats: .429/.636/.571



54 Responses to “Code Name: Doyle”

  1. robbbbbb on April 19th, 2005 8:20 am

    I saw Doyle play last night. I grabbed a couple tickets and went to the Rainiers game. (I can’t go watch Felix tonight, unfortunately.)

    He looked good. Made a couple slides (including one that looked a little awkward.) He ran well. He also smoked the ball all night long. He hit it hard every time at the plate. In the first inning, with runners on first and second and one out, he lined into a double play that was just a shot. The first baseman made a nice grab on the ball, but if he doesn’t get to it, that turns into a one- or two-run double. He also had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth, a well-struck ball that scored Ramon Santiago from second.

    All in all, a very good night. Cold, mind you, but good.

  2. David J Corcoran on April 19th, 2005 10:29 am

    Yes, your other clue is exactly what I did!

  3. Tim on April 19th, 2005 1:01 pm

    I didn’t realize that Wiki Gonzalez had this big of a following.

  4. Aaron Brooks on April 20th, 2005 9:34 am

    I just heard Doyle being interviewed on KJR 950 AM on my way to work. (Mitch in the Morning Show) Mitch asked him to chronologically list off all the injuries he’s had and describe the rehab, etc. It was a long and painful recounting. Actually, I arrived at work before he finished so I didn’t hear the last part.