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You're gonna be our Brian Doyle... (13.14)

Bobby: Get started with 200,000 shares of Rubinex.

Donnie: That's a big position. Are you sure?

Wags: We are not uncertain. 

Bobby: You're gonna be our Brian Doyle

Donnie: Who? 

Bobby: Brian Doyle. He was a utility player on the '78 Yankees. He's a lifetime .168 hitter. 

Wags: That's below the Mendoza

Bobby: But in the '78 World Series, Willie Randolph got hurt, Doyle stepped in, hit .438, played like an MVP. Legendary. You're gonna be Brian Doyle. 

Donnie: I'm gonna be Brian Doyle...


Brian Reed Doyle (born January 26, 1954 in Glasgow, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the New York Yankeesand 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 that beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. 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. 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, leading the World Series in batting average while helping the Yankees to their second straight World Series victory.

 The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose poor batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting. The cutoff point is most often said to be .200 (although Mendoza's career average was .215) and, when a position player's batting average falls below that level, the player is said to be "below the Mendoza Line". This is often thought of as the offensive threshold below which a player's presence on a Major League Baseball team cannot be justified, regardless of his defensive abilities. The term is used in other contexts when one is so incompetent in one key skill that other skills cannot compensate for that deficiency.