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July 17, 2013

Three pleas for area sports scene

A thumping for Alexis, a break for TD and a more relaxed Brady

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Salem’s two-time Eagle-Tribune Baseball MVP is struggling. But this plea goes out to Ben Cherington to give Doyle a chance in the bullpen with the big club.

Before you go out and give top prospects away for bullpen help, give Doyle a shot.

Why? I have no metric to prove Doyle, at age 27, will put it together and find himself in the big leagues. What I do have is past performances.

First, Doyle smoked the International League last summer, going 6-3 with a 2.81 ERA for the White Sox Triple-A club. He struck out 71 and walked 18 in 76.1 innings.

The guy can pitch.

But more to the point, Doyle is one of those competitors who rises to occasions, better than the normal human being.

He’s the ultimate “clutch” performer, always has been.

At Salem High, he was the role player who stepped up into the spotlight and hit the big shot late to beat the unbeatable Trinity team.

He won the state titles in baseball.

In the Cape League, he’s the guy that out of nowhere pitched Yarmouth-Dennis to a title.

Track record, Ben. Track record.

You’re basically running open bullpen tryouts. Fish or cut bait with Terry. Give him a shot. It’s a bit of a hunch, but I say he gets it done for you.

3. A Brady comeback — Yep, only nine days until the official opening of Pats training camp, and while the world will be abuzz with Aaron Hernandez chatter, my top plea revolves around the man, Tom Brady.

Now again, I can’t tangibly explain it. It may be as simple as Brady has grown up, but he’s been a different Tom over the last six or seven years.

He’s still a superstar, the top gun in the game in my eyes. Don’t get me wrong.

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