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Worst CF Seasons since 1957

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The worst offensive season by a centerfielder since 1901 was Alex Metzler in 1930 with an OPS+ of 56 (.236/.313/.302). The player on the top of this particular list came very close to breaking that record in 1999 (the year of shitting hitting outfielders?) and also made my Worst Hitters since 1986 list. Interesting thing about this list is that most of these punchless performances have happened in the last 20 years.

 

Top 25 (or so) Worst Offensive Centerfielder Seasons since 1957 (per OPS+)

 

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1. Darren Lewis, 1999 - Boston Red Sox 57 OPS+ (.240/.311/.309)

 

2. Gary Pettis, 1988 - Detroit Tigers 61

3. Marquis Grissom, 2000 - Milwaukee Brewers 63

4. Darren Lewis, 1995 - San Francisco Giants/Cincinnati Reds 64

5t. Endy Chavez, 2003 - Montreal Expos 65

5t. Brian Hunter, 1998 - Detroit Tigers 65

5t. Chuck Carr, 1994 - Florida Marlins 65

5t. Brian McRrae, 1992 - Kansas City Royals 65

5t. Bill Virdon, 1964 - Pittsburgh Pirates 65

10. Peter Bergeron, 2000 - Montreal Expos 67

11t. Juan Pierre, 2002 - Colorado Rockies 68

11t. Gerald Williams, 1997 - Milwaukee Brewers 68

11t. Omar Moreno, 1982 - Pittsburgh Pirates 68

11t. Bill Virdon, 1962 - Pittsburgh Pirates 68

15t. Tom Goodwin, 2000 - Colorado Rockies/Los Angeles Dodgers 69

15t. Tom Goodwin, 1997 - Kansas City Royals/Texas Rangers 69

15t. Eric Yelding, 1990 - Houston Astros 69

18t. Tom Goodwin, 1996 - Kansas City Royals 70

18t. Darren Lewis, 1993 - San Francisco Giants 70

18t. Rick Manning, 1979 - Cleveland Indians 70

18t. Jim Piersall, 1962 - Washington Senators 70

22t. Doug Glanville, 2001 - Philadelphia Phillies 71

22t. Doug Glanville, 2000 - Philadelphia Phillies 71

22t. Chris Singleton, 2000 - Chicago White Sox 71

22t. Bob Dernier, 1985 - Chicago Cubs 71

22t. Rick Manning, 1983 - Cleveland Indians/Milwaukee Brewers 71

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If Andruw Jones keeps this up, will he have had enough at bats to qualify for the #1 spot?

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I actually had meant to make mention of Jones but forgot to. He's no where close to qualifying for the batting title at the moment and in order to do so he would to play in every game the rest of the year and average 5.39 plate appearances a game to get to 502 for the season. But I figured it'd be interesting to see where Andruw ranks all-time with centerfielders with a minimum of 227 plate appearances (total he has going into today) and here's the results:

 

 Cnt Player            **OPS+**  PA Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+--------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Andruw Jones          32   227 2008  31 LAD NL  69 199  20  32  8  1  2  13  26   0  73   1   0   1   5   0  1  .161  .260  .241  .501 *8/D      
    2 George Wright         33   393 1985  26 TEX AL 109 363  21  69 13  0  2  18  25   5  49   0   3   2   9   4  7  .190  .241  .242  .483 *98/D     
    3 John Shelby           35   371 1989  31 LAD NL 108 345  28  63 11  1  1  12  25   5  92   0   0   1   6  10  7  .183  .237  .229  .466 *8        
    4 Ty Cline              38   240 1965  26 MLN NL 123 220  27  42  5  3  0  10  16   2  50   0   4   0   1   2  2  .191  .246  .241  .487 879/3     
    5 Gary Woods            39   239 1977  22 TOR AL  60 227  21  49  9  1  0  17   7   0  38   2   3   0   5   5  4  .216  .246  .264  .510 *8        
    6 Marvell Wynne         43   363 1985  25 PIT NL 103 337  21  69  6  3  2  18  18   2  48   1   7   0   8  10  5  .205  .247  .258  .505 *8        
    7 Brett Butler          44   268 1982  25 ATL NL  89 240  35  52  2  0  0   7  25   0  35   0   3   0   1  21  8  .217  .291  .225  .516 *8        
    8 Mel Almada            44   267 1939  26 TOT ML  81 246  28  56  6  1  1  10  19   0  25   0   2   0   4   3  0  .228  .283  .272  .555 *8/7      
    9 Wally Mattick         44   238 1913  26 CHW AL  71 207  15  39  8  1  0  11  18   0  16   0  13   0   0   3  0  .188  .253  .237  .490 *8/7      
   10 Corey Patterson       45   229 2008  28 CIN NL  85 216  30  42  9  1  7  17   8   0  29   1   3   1   1  11  5  .194  .226  .343  .569 *8

Funny to also see Corey Patterson on that list for this year as well. Andruw Jones is truly having a historically bad season.

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With a historically bad contract. The fact that it's short helps it not be the worst of all time by any stretch of the imagination, but I would imagine it has NO competition for worst short contract of all time. $18 million a year, even if he hadn't fallen apart is way too much. Scott Boras is evil.

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