Sort of the Tony Phillips of his era, Zobrist has played every position except pitcher and catcher. He’s been most comfortable at second base and in right field, where he had his best seasons for Tampa Bay. He quickly became Joe Maddon’s pet.
Compares favorably to Johnny Evers, who played in the same league with Doyle for eleven seasons. Doyle was a far better hitter, and Evers was the better fielder. Both men played for dynasties: Doyle for the Giants, and Evers for the rival Cubs. Both second basemen won the MVP Award, two years apart. A sportswriter wrote a poem about Evers and two of his teammates, but Doyle never got that type of publicity, and is largely forgotten.