Robert Dennis Doyle
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 175 lb.
- School Morehead State College
- High School Caverna High School
- Debut April 7, 1970
- Final Game September 30, 1977
- Born January 17, 1944 in Glasgow, KY USA
Denny Doyle was a slick-fielding second baseman who came up with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970. Although he hit just .208 in his rookie year, Doyle developed into a fair major league hitter with a .250 lifetime average. He was platooned most of his career with just 451 at-bats against lefthanded pitching vs. 2839 against righthanders. Doyle hit just .208 vs. southpaws as opposed to .257 vs. righthanders.
In December 1973, Doyle was dealt to the California Angels in a complicated "player-to-be-named-later" deal that was essentially a swap of second basemen with the Phillies having acquired Billy Grabarkewitz the previous August. He joined the Boston Red Sox in mid-year in 1975 and received five points in the 1975 AL MVP Award voting. He platooned at second base with Doug Griffin as the Red Sox went on to win the AL pennant.
- Herb Crehan: "Denny Doyle", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 15-20. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7