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slant.gif (102 bytes) Know Thy Enemy, 10th Anniversary Edition

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April, 2009
by "Biggest Daddy"

Interview with Jim Doyle,
Manchester Irish Rebels

BIGGEST DADDY: Thank you for sitting down with us for another installment of "BDBL: A retrospective". Generally speaking, how do you feel about the BDBL?

JIM DOYLE: I love the BDBL because it combines the best baseball software with the best rulebook and a great group of owners. The Commissioner of the league has a beautiful wife and a great family so I can put up with him.

BD: How have you felt about the overall success of your franchise at this point?

JD: The franchise has averaged 69 wins a year so I have not seen any success so far. I am hopeful that we are building a nucleus for the future with players like Carlos Gomez, BJ upton, Adam Jones, Brett Cecil, Phil Hughes, Matt Dominguez, etc...

BD: What is your favorite aspect of the BDBL?

JD: I love several aspects of the BDBL. First, the factors I mentioned in question 1. In addition, I love going to BDBL weekends drinking Jamba Juice, meeting members of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, sleeping on the floors of hotel rooms when Glander is in charge of reserving hotel rooms, discussing politics, religion and philosophy with Brian Potrafka during a game, etc.... etc..... etc....

BD: Tell us the absolute low point of your franchise, whether it was a particular game lost, or a particular trade ripped to shreds, or a particular fellow GM that ticked you off.

JD: I have suffered from several low points in franchise history. Glander listed the 10 worst trades in league history and I had 4 out of the 10, including the the top 2. So, I would say I need to join AA for GMs addicted to bad trades. I just fall in love with one aspect of a deal and overlook everything else. Some of those trades on the day after look like a Coyote Ugly woman.

BD: Over the course of your time in the BDBL, who is the one GM that you consider your largest rival or target?

JD: I think Mike Glander is the primary target of my wrath. There are many factors used to consider who your primary rival should be but Mike takes the cake. I mean, the guy has the audacity to move to New Hampshire, my home turf. Then I have to listen to his rants and raves about how boring Hockey is as a sport. I mean, does the guy realize he can be deported back to Connecticut for making statements like "I rather watch grass grow in my backyard than watch College Hockey playoffs...." This is definitely an Anti-New Hampshire statement. The guy leaves me with a mentally ill homeless street person in Cleveland when I am trying to help fellow BDBL owners find a place to eat, he makes me sleep on a hotel floor when he tells me I can share a hotel room with him (by the way, the room was the size of a shoebox, just ask Newgard), he snores so loud hotel security is called to investigate what animal is sleeping in the room, etc... etc... etc.....

BD: Name a GM that you absolutely love to talk trade with.

JD: Warning: The following comment may not be appropriate for children under 18. Since I have made so many bad trades in the past, BDBL owners treat me like a frat whore at a rush party. I mean, I get such outlandish trade offers from unnamed BDBL owners that they can not keep a straight face when they make the offers. Thank God Todd Bliss has joined the Irish Rebels to help me keep my self respect.

BD: How did you first hear of the BDBL?

JD: I belonged to the EBA DMB run by some of Glander's favorite former owners and I was getting tired of their personalities so I looked up the list of leagues on the DMB website and liked the BDBL website and the rulebook.

BD: What would it take for you to exit the league?

JD: If all the other owners in the league all left and I was left all alone with Glander.

BD: What is your favorite BDBL memory?

JD: You have to understand that my favorite baseball memories are watching Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax pitch in the mid to late 60s. With that said, Kerry Wood's no hitter ranks number 1. A close second was the year I did not realize we could draft minor leaguers in Chapter 4 so I picked up Rickey Henderson, one of my favorite ballplayers of all time. Man, did I hear it for missing that rule change. Anyway, we had a BDBL weekend shortly thereafter and I think I was playing Newgard and someone else with most of the guys in the hotel room and everyone is making fun of my Henderson pick. Rickey leads off the first inning with a a HR and hits about 3 or 4 dingers in 2 series.  SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND still rings in my ears.

BD: What is your best trade ever? And your worst?

JD: I do not think I ever made a good trade. As for my worst, just go to the history page and read about the top 10 worst trades and look at numbers 1, 2, 4 and 7.

BD: Other than Glander, what GM would you absolutely hate to see leave the BDBL?

JD: I think the premise of the question is incorrect. I would love to see the Commish leave the BDBL. :)

BD: Who is the craziest character in the BDBL?

JD: I think Brian Potrafka is exactly the kind of guy you would expect to see if you mixed Robin Williams, Sylvia Plath, Fredich Nietzche and a strong dash of Theo Epstein. Unfortunately, you are never sure what aspect of the these personalities you will be dealing with in any encounter with Brian. He is just the kind of guy you want in the league as long as you do not have to room with him. :)

BD: If your franchise had a Team Hall of Fame, which players would be members?

JD: Kerry Wood given his no hitter. No one else has earned the right to be in the Irish Rebel HOF.

BD: Tell us which MLB team that you feel like your BDBL franchise is the most like.

JD: Great question. I would say we are a lot like the Kansas City Royals. We made the BDBL playoffs in the first year of the franchise existence but we have suffered from bad management until Todd Bliss joined the organization. So, I think we are capable of rebounding.

BD: Jim, there is no doubt about the fact that we love you, but 9 straight losing seasons. Why is the formula not working?? You going to get this turned around?

JD: We are absolutely going to succeed and the reason we are going to succeed is because we are changing the formula and the management. You can look at our high rankings in the league in acquiring prospects and we have changed the formula we use when considering trades. Finally, we are using more sophisticated decision trees when making in game decisions. Unfortunately, the team is 16-24 as I write this but I think you will see improvement over the long term.

BD: How has your overall team-building philosophy changed over the years?

JD: It has taken me 10 years to realize that Jeff Paulson and Greg Newgard know what they are talking about. I think Jeff understands how to build a team by emphasizing grabbing the best prospects before anyone else knows about them. I think Newgard is one of the best GMs when it comes to making trades and I also think he is one of the best game day managers in the league. So, I am spending a lot of time trying to figure out their formulas. Finally, I think Todd Bliss will improve our financial ability to get the most bang for our buck during auctions. As an example, I think Todd did a great job of getting AJ Burnett and Greg Maddux while fitting them into our long range plan.

BD: What has been the most significant change in the BDBL?

JD: I think the auction has really changed the dynamics of the league and I am still trying to understand just how much it has changed the league.

BD: Name your favorite "off-the-field" moment from BDBL Weekend or the league forum.

JD: I think taking the boys to enjoy some KC barbeque and having dinner with my sister Sara and introducing her and her family to Glander and Newgard.

BD: Cain, Hamels, Kazmir....any regrets?

JD: Leave the past to the mercy of God....

BD: Tell us a little bit about how you and Todd share the responsibilities of running this franchise. How did you know Todd and is he providing the needed impact?

JD: We are still working out the kinks but basically Todd is in charge of the farm system and contracts and I usually manage the club. We both share the trade negotiations but I can make a move if I think it will not violate some of his rules.

We both have season tickets to the New Hampshire Fischer Cats, the Class AA Eastern League farm team for the Toronto Blue Jays. Todd and his wife sit right behind Maureen and me. Todd works as a financial analyst so he is really good at allocating funds for contracts and he actually knows real baseball scouts so he is good at suggesting prospects to watch. He is a real asset to the franchise.

BD: Thanks, Jim!