Doyle interview at Lookout Landing

DMZ · May 27, 2005 at 2:34 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Lookout Landing’s got a long interview in two parts with Doyle for your listening pleasure, check it out.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve come out of the gate real fast. There’ve been a couple at-bats I’ve wasted…”



Also, he thinks he’s striking out too much.

18 walks, 22 strikeouts.

Good stuff: talking about having to teach himself to walk four times

First part’s got a lot of nuts-and-bolts stuff, while the second part features Doyle in the Outback, his intro to the game, the incident at third.

I will point out that the interview starts out with Devin calling Doyle “a little outfielder for the Tacoma Rainiers”.


20 Responses to “Doyle interview at Lookout Landing”

  1. Gunga on May 27th, 2005 6:43 am

    I was speaking with a co-worker about Doyle the other day. She’s been an advocate of keeping him on the farm for all the logical reaons (there’s not really room for him at his position, let him get his at bats, etc). I realized at that moment why I feel that he should be up. In my mind (an admittedly surreal place) he’s a major leaguer, and when a major leaguer gets over an injury and is ready to play, he comes back.

    I have no animosity towards Dave Myers. I’m sure he’s a nice guy (okay, relatively sure) and maybe he’d make a fine coach or manager at some level, but he’s no more a third base coach than Hayden Christensen is an actor. Someday, and soon, I want to see Doyle back in a Mariners uniform, DH’g and occasionally playing left field. In other words, I want him to take Raul’s spot.

    I’m not a sabermetrician, although I value sabermetrics. I value the game purely as entertainment. It’s why I’d rather have Ichiro than Pujols (although the thought of aquiring Pujols does have a certain Pavlovian effect) and it’s why I want Doyle up.

    BTW, has anyone checked with Doyle to see how he likes his name? He DH’d the first Rainiers game I went to this year. I would chant “Doyle” when he came to the plate. As is usual when I go to a game, I didn’t get to see the thing that I primarily went for, in this case because Doyle went O’fer. I kept thinking, what if he hates his name (I know that if you were to nickname me using the same methodology I’d come unglued) and he’s too busy thinking about swinging at my head to take a good swing at the ball? Just wondering if he’s aware of and approves of our well intentioned efforts to keep him hale and hearty.

  2. Paul D on May 27th, 2005 9:25 am

    Does Doyle get his name back when he sticks in the bigs, and proves his durability, or will he forever be known as Doyle in an attempt to keep him safe from harm?

  3. JPWood on May 27th, 2005 9:57 am

    “a little outfielder…”
    I’ve never met Devin, but if he looks anything like Art Thiel, he can say what he likes in terms of size.
    There are guys who don’t walk to the batter’s box as often as Doyle does to 1st, and his current priority is improving his BB/K rate… I guess with the numbers he’s putting up, injured on top of it, you have to set your goals where you can find them.
    With the plate discipline the outfield twins have (I’m coining that), I’m fantasizing about seeing Reed and Doyle back-to-back in the lineup in front of Sexson to see what kind of slop gets thrown before it’s 2 on, Sexson at the plate. Seriously, do those two have 20-100 vision?

  4. Devin on May 27th, 2005 9:59 am

    Re: will point out that the interview starts out with Devin calling Doyle “a little outfielder for the Tacoma Rainiers”.

    Yeah, I heard that too when I was transcribing the audio to text. I didn’t MEAN to say it, but since only a few hours earlier I was talking to someone about his tiny frame (5’10” 165 listed). It must have kind of slipped out and he didn’t hear it.

  5. JPWood on May 27th, 2005 10:17 am

    Not a crisis.
    Since Ichiro! and Winn are also very adept at the free pass game, what about:
    Grasping for straws…

  6. DMZ on May 27th, 2005 10:30 am

    Does Doyle get his name back when he sticks in the bigs, and proves his durability, or will he forever be known as Doyle in an attempt to keep him safe from harm?

    I don’t know. I hadn’t ever considered that. I would think that if he made the team, I would at the least stop enforcing the USSM Doyle Rule.

  7. djw on May 27th, 2005 10:33 am

    JPWood, nice lineup, but is Doyle playing SS or something? 4 OFs and no SS isn’t a trivial problem.

  8. djw on May 27th, 2005 10:34 am

    I’d wait until he has a couple serious-injury free seasons before I consider abandoning the Doyle rule personally.

  9. dirk on May 27th, 2005 11:09 am

    I’d like to see the “Doyle” in the 9 hole to keep the pressure off him and so he can get on for Ichi.

    I also advocate Winn as a bench guy. A switch hitter that can run and fill in for the OF.

    Rf Ichiro
    Cf Reed
    1b Sexson
    Dh Ibanez
    3b Beltre
    2b Boone
    SS Lopez/Reese (as soon as they’re healthy)
    C Olivo/Wiki/?
    Lf [edited: DOYLE]

  10. Rob on May 27th, 2005 11:58 am

    Somebody change edit dirk’s post quick, please. I don’t see doyle in LF, I see somebody else…..

    What I would like to see is how many people would buy a customized Jersey with Doyle and his number on it. I bet a bunch of people would ask about the jersey(and those USSMariner readers would get it).

    Could do it as Doyle, or even better add the quotations for “Doyle”

  11. Brett Farve on May 27th, 2005 12:02 pm

    As unfortunate as this sounds, methinks the M’s are going to have to “make room” for Doyle by Spring ’06. This means trading Winn or Ibanez. Too many “above average” left fielders, not enough SP/SS/C.

    I just can’t see the M’s in ’06 with Ichiro, Reed, Winn, and Doyle, and it makes no sense to sit any one of those players (I disagree with you on Winn, dirk).

    If Doyle plays DH, then Ibanez must go (unless he can handle the role of PH).

  12. DMZ on May 27th, 2005 12:03 pm

    That’s one freaking expensive DH.

  13. Brett Farve on May 27th, 2005 12:05 pm

    Did you mean “one freaking expensive PH.”

    if so, I agree

  14. DMZ on May 27th, 2005 12:41 pm

    D’oh. Yes.

  15. Jim Osmer on May 27th, 2005 12:50 pm

    Winn makes a perfect 4th outfielder, let Doyle play.
    Not sure why so many people are still down on Ibanez, he is one of the few guys hitting well.

  16. Brett Farve on May 27th, 2005 1:02 pm

    Ichiro would make a great 4th outfielder too! Seriously though, while Winn is not a superstar, he is probably more valuable to the team as trade bait than as a 4th outfielder.

    I’m not down on Ibanez, I am suggesting that it does not make sense to have Ichiro, Reed, Winn, Doyle, and Ibanez on the same team, thats all.

    They are all good enough to play everyday (somewhere), and the current state of the M’s pitching, SS, and C does not allow the luxury of having Winn on the bench.

  17. Jim Thomsen on May 27th, 2005 4:14 pm

    #1 — I don’t give a rip about “Star Wars” movies, and I’m guessing that’s what you’re talking about, but don’t judge Hayden Christensen’s acting ability until you see “Shattered Glass.” I thought he turned a remarkable, even award-worthy performance as the real-life disgraced journalist-turned-serial-liar.

  18. Gunga on May 27th, 2005 5:42 pm

    My Dear Mr. Thomsen,

    I stand humbly chastised. You’re quite right, I don’t have sufficient exposure to Mr. Christensen to judge his ability fairly (small sample size) 🙂 I did think that his acting in ROTS coupled with the clunky dialog reflected badly. Then again, when all I had to judge Tom Hanks on was “Bosom Buddies”, I didn’t think much of him either, so what do I know?

    I would enjoy hearing your take on my Doyle comments though. I’m not a particularly knowledgeable fan, but that dude can hit. His talent coupled with his Bloomquistian attributes make him worthy of a return I should think. I will concede the need to clear a place for him, and given that he probably wouldn’t get sufficient playing time as a bench guy (especially as Hargrove seems to have some… challenges in this area) then perhaps it would be best to wait until one of two (or three should the offer be sufficient) outfielders are moved, he might oughta stay in Tacoma.

    Would you agree with trading a Winn/Ibanez/Reed (remember, we’re only trading if the trade is a good one) to make room for Doyle/Choo?



  19. Jim Thomsen on May 27th, 2005 7:25 pm

    No need for an apology. I would just urge you to check out Hayden Christensen’s full body of work. He hasn’t just played Anakin Skywalker. Not only was he outstanding in “Shattered Glass,” but I thought he was reasonably credible as a completely different kind of character in “My Life As A House.”

    As far as Doyle goes, as much as I like the knee-jerk satisfaction of bringing him up right away, I’m leaning more toward the “let’s let him play till the All-Star break and see if he holds up in terms of health and production” school of thought. He’s been DHing a lot in Tacoma and probably needs more regular work in the outfield at this point. But if the M’s continue tanking, my guess is he’s back in Seattle by mid-June. As I recall, his latest PECOTA projection, in ’04, was around .270/.350/.525 with mid-range power and a fairish walk rate. Which is okay, but we’d be wrong to think he’s some .300-hitting sparkplug we can drop right into the 2-hole or something.

  20. G-Man on May 27th, 2005 10:12 pm

    I’d like to trade Winn or Ibanez for good value, but that’s unlikely to happen until near the July 31 deadline. It would be nice to fill an immediate need at that time, but a midseason deal like this gets you prospects, not developed major leagurers. Any good prospect that they receive would be worthwhile. Even if he doesn’t fill one of the key positions, he can be traded away eventually to fill a specific need. The playoffs are a dream for the next couple years, so I’m looking far ahead with this team.