The Return!

Dave · April 15, 2008 at 7:41 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Bottom 9, Phillies trail 3-0, their Win Probability stands at 4.4%. And then this happens.

Chris Snelling hits a home run to right field.

Doyle Lives! The Phillies go on to win the game, and we all know why. Long Live Doyle!


37 Responses to “The Return!”

  1. JI on April 15th, 2008 8:01 pm

    …and I was just happy he was in the pros.


  2. Steve T on April 15th, 2008 8:05 pm

    Woot! Woot! Welcome back!

    Doyle Mk II (Adam Jones) hit one out today too.

  3. msb on April 15th, 2008 8:27 pm


  4. IndieSnob on April 15th, 2008 8:29 pm

    The cult of Doyle returns, and I couldn’t be happier.

  5. msb on April 15th, 2008 8:29 pm
  6. Steve T on April 15th, 2008 8:35 pm

    OPS of 2.500 is pretty sweet! I love the way ESPN uses the word “projected”.

  7. Typical Idiot Fan on April 15th, 2008 8:48 pm

    Excitement… hah!
    Adventure… hah!
    A Jedi craves not these things!

  8. vb1138 on April 15th, 2008 8:59 pm

    M’s win, Doyle’s a hero, oh wait, dang it’s still raining in Seattle!!! Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!!!

    You must unlearn what you have learned…um can someone please TELL THAT TO THE M’S MANAGEMENT?!?!?!?!?!?

  9. maalox on April 15th, 2008 9:03 pm

    I’m sorry, could somebody fill(y) me in on this whole “Doyle” thing?

  10. thefin190 on April 15th, 2008 9:07 pm

    M’s win, Doyle’s a hero, oh wait, dang it’s still raining in Seattle!!! Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!!!

    It’s Seattle, of course its going to rain. But all in all good day for the M’s, and Doyle.

  11. DKulich on April 15th, 2008 9:16 pm

    I was supposed to be at the game. 🙁

  12. Dave on April 15th, 2008 9:23 pm
  13. rcc on April 15th, 2008 9:59 pm

    I noticed that Doyle was just recalled by the Phillies because of an injury to one of their outfielders. That means that Doyle had passed through waivers in order to be sent down to the Phillies triple A club.

    Why do you think Doyle was able to pass through the entire major leagues when there are such crappy teams like the Giants, the Nationals, and dare I say the M’s who could use a left handed bat off the bench.

  14. galaxieboi on April 15th, 2008 10:01 pm

    [O’]Doyle rules!

  15. MedicineHat on April 15th, 2008 10:13 pm

    Jl – I assume you mean in MLB…since, of course, the minor leagues are the pros, too.

  16. Jeff Nye on April 15th, 2008 10:45 pm


  17. Adam S on April 16th, 2008 12:03 am

    Yay, Doyle. I was psyched when I saw HR Snelling (1) scroll across the ESPN ticker.

    As for Doyle clearing waivers. 1) Teams are stupid, 2) I think a lot of teams look at his injury history and don’t believe he’ll ever contribute.

    I see the same number on Fangraphs as you, but am I pretty surprised that trailing by 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th the home team will win 1 in 23 times. Are closers really that ineffective with a 3-run lead? And do you know if the 4.4% is all games in the bottom of 9, home team down by 3 or does it adjust for the fact that the Phillies hadn’t scored? Sure seems easier to tie a 15-12 game than a 3-0 game even if that’s just conjecture on my part.

  18. joser on April 16th, 2008 12:57 am

    It isn’t easier to tie a 15-12 game if you’re facing Mariano Rivera in his prime. It probably is easier to tie a 3-0 game when you’re facing Jose Valverde or Joe Borowski.

    1 in 23 is about 4%. That’s a couple of blown saves a season. Most closers would be pretty happy with that.

  19. mw3 on April 16th, 2008 4:05 am

    The fascination in this community with Chris Snelling is almost as illogical as Rizzs’ man-crush on WFB.

    “luminous beings are we, not this crude matter”

  20. pygmalion on April 16th, 2008 5:48 am

    mw3 – There is a this difference: The USSMariner community is well aware of the fact that their devotion to Doyle is, well, not entirely logical. Dave has even stated as much about his enthusiasm for Doyle several times. It has a certain self-conscious irony to it. Rizzs, however, is either unaware of the irrationality of his attachment to Sir Willie, or being typically insincere in not letting on that he knows how silly he is.

  21. zzyzx on April 16th, 2008 6:33 am

    1 in 23 is about 4%. That’s a couple of blown saves a season. Most closers would be pretty happy with that.

    Yes, but I suspect most blown saves are more along the lines of a 1 run lead.

  22. nuin on April 16th, 2008 7:03 am

    Yeah!! Go Mariners!! Oh wait … Phillies??

  23. msb on April 16th, 2008 7:26 am

    “AS CHRIS SNELLING grabbed his helmet and bat for the Phillies’ turn in the bottom of the ninth last night, he turned to Charlie Manuel and asked whether he was supposed to take the first pitch from Astros righthander Jose Valverde for a strike.

    The Phillies manager considered the question. Trailing by three runs, the team had reached base exactly six times in the first eight innings of what was shaping up to be a shutout loss to a team that entered the night in last place in the National League Central.

    “He kind of looked at me and said, ‘Swing away,’ ” Snelling said.”

  24. msb on April 16th, 2008 7:30 am

    speaking of young men we love, AJ on wearing no. 42

  25. jspektor on April 16th, 2008 8:00 am

    of course Doyle lives … typical. good thing Bedard makes up for it all. not.

  26. firemane on April 16th, 2008 8:02 am

    With the watch on XMs – let’s recap some other departeds …

    Jose Guillen: .158/.186/.228 — .415-OPS (officially the worst RF in all of baseball at the moment)

    Wilkerson is at .152/.317/.182 – .499 (so, it could be worse – really!)

    Randy Winn: .255/.315/.298 – .613
    Adam Jones: .279/.333/.442 – .775
    Ben Broussard: .205/.286/.409 – .682

    Gil Meche: 7.13-ERA 10-BB; 16-K in 17.2-IP;

  27. jspektor on April 16th, 2008 8:47 am

    are we going to bring M’s who are long gone …

    like Big Papi? or Varitek? What Miguel Olivo hitting that home run of Washburn … hahaha

    I love the XM factor … such dark comedy

  28. zackr on April 16th, 2008 9:19 am

    Wow, look at the speed of that sweet swing. It’s like a king cobra striking its prey!!!!!!!

    Long live Doyle.

  29. Evan on April 16th, 2008 9:30 am

    If Doyle could play 160 games a season he’d be a perennial all-star. He’s a great player, gives a good interview, and everyone likes him.

  30. JI on April 16th, 2008 9:52 am


    No I don’t, he’s had so many injuries that it’s just good to see him stay on *any* ball field.

  31. jspektor on April 16th, 2008 9:53 am

    gives a good interview,

    hahaha all I can think about is Sweet Lou’s interviews.

    Interviewer: So, Randy struck out 15 over the course of a 9 inning Complete game shutout. Your thoughts?

    Lou: Yeah, well, uhh … Randy looked good out there. Hit his pitches. We are pleased

    Interviewer: But … he struck out 15?

    Lou: Randy was hitting his spots.

    God I miss the Lou interview. Best part of the Mariners under Sweet Lou.

  32. joser on April 16th, 2008 10:05 am

    On the subject of ex-Ms, here’s a pictorial of one you might remember.

  33. currcoug on April 16th, 2008 2:54 pm

    Remember that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as Snelling rounded third, tried to stop, and blew his knee out? The only other time I felt that bad for a Mariner was when Carlos Guillen suffered a torn ACL in a questionable slide by Tony Phillips.

    It is hard to believe Snelling is still only 26 years old.

  34. Choska on April 16th, 2008 3:34 pm

    Look on the bright side, for Vidro’s $8.5 million salary we have a DH with 2 HRs in 54 ABs and a .295 OBP, plus we get all of that yummy veteran leadership.

    Snelling, on the other hand, only has 1 HR. Sure he is only making the league minimum, and sure he has 1 HR in 2 ABs, but Vidro the DH has TWO HOME RUNS in 54 ABs. That’s twice as many as Snelling, and that is why he makes $8.5 million while Snelling makes the league minimum.

    Nothing would make me happier than to see Snelling stay healthy, get traded to a smart AL team to be the everyday DH, and have an Edgar Martinez-like career for the next 15 years. A guy with his swing would be deadly in Fenway.

  35. Choska on April 16th, 2008 3:41 pm

    Jeez, since 2001 Vidro has been paid a total of $51 million dollars. In that time he has hit exactly 100 HR, or $1.96 million per HR. He is a lifetime .301 hitter with a OBP of .364.

    Life’s rewards are not distributed fairly.

  36. scott19 on April 16th, 2008 4:10 pm

    Doyle with a Roy Hobbs moment…cue the music from The Natural! 🙂

  37. BigJohn on April 16th, 2008 5:19 pm

    #35: Please check your math: $51M/100 HR = $510,000/HR. STILL TOO MUCH to pay!

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