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Worst DH Seasons of All-Time

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Now finally finishing off these Worst lists with designated hitters. Since the DH has only been around since 1973 these are the worst DH seasons of all-time. Unlike every other position, there is no additional value to be provided by DH beyond what they do with their bat. They aren't even expected to be threats on the basepaths either as most DH's are aging veterans or guys who are so slow they couldn't even handle first base. The top of the list falls into the aging veteran category as he was a great hitting catcher, who you can make a legit argument for him being a Hall of Famer, but he fell of a cliff offensively in this season at age 34 and goes down as the worst DH season by a wide margin. Not surprising there are a few all-time greats on this list who were the twilight of their careers.

 

Top 25 Worst Designated Hitter Seasons of All-Time (per OPS+)

 

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1. Ted Simmons, 1984 - Milwaukee Brewers 61 OPS+ (.221/.269/.300)

 

2. Ruben Sierra, 1996 - New York Yankees/Detroit Tigers 75

3t. Alvin Davis, 1991 - Seattle Mariners 76

3t. Tommy Harper, 1974 - Boston Red Sox 76

5. Joe Carter, 1997 - Toronto Blue Jays 77

6t. Scott Hatteberg, 2005 - Oakland A's 81

6t. Dave Parker, 1991 - California Angels/Toronto Blue Jays 81

8t. Larry Sheets, 1988 - Baltimore Orioles 83

8t. Mitchell Page, 1979 - Oakland A's 83

10. Greg Vaughn, 1995 - Milwaukee Brewers 85

11t. Paul Molitor, 1998 - Minnesota Twins 86

11t. Eddie Murray, 1994 - Cleveland Indians 86

13. Eddie Murray, 1996 - Cleveland Indians/Baltimore Orioles 86

14t. Gerald Perry, 1990 - Kansas City Royals 90

14t. Dave Kingman, 1986 - Oakland A's 90

16. Julio Franco, 1997 - Cleveland Indians/Milwaukee Brewers 91

17t. Edgar Martinez, 2004 - Seattle Mariners 92

17t. Rico Carty, 1979 - Toronto Blue Jays 92

17t. Deron Johnson, 1975 - Chicago White Sox/Boston Red Sox 92

20t. Carl Everett, 2005 - Chicago White Sox 94

20t. George Brett, 1993 - Kansas City Royals 94

20t. Andre Thornton, 1985 - Cleveland Indians 94

20t. Reggie Jackson, 1984 - California Angels 94

24t. Carl Yastrzemski, 1981 - Boston Red Sox 95

24t. Hank Aaron, 1975 - Milwaukee Brewers 95

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Good job with these lists. You should make one for the worst pitching seasons of all time as well.(I.E.-High ERA/losses in a year.)

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And how about worst pitcher seasons at the plate? Obviously you can't use the criteria of enough qualifying at bats, but it could still be fun.

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Worst closer seasons would be tough since the majority of terrible closers will lose their job at some point in the season. I'll might do a worst starting pitcher list, although again very basic like these worst hitters list have been.

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He won't qualify for the batting title anyways but he's in some "select" company for those DH's with a minimum of 330 plate appearances.

 

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 Leroy Stanton         46   342 1978  32 SEA AL  93 302  24  55 11  0  3  24  34   1  80   1   3   2   6   1  0  .182  .265  .248  .513 *D7/9     
    2 Alan Wiggins          54   342 1987  29 BAL AL  85 306  37  71  4  2  1  15  28   0  34   1   6   1   6  20  7  .232  .298  .268  .566 *D4/7     
    3 Deron Johnson         57   389 1974  35 TOT AL 110 351  30  60  4  2 13  43  32   4  84   0   1   5  11   2  0  .171  .237  .305  .542 *D3       
    4 Ted Simmons           61   532 1984  34 MIL AL 132 497  44 110 23  2  4  52  30   3  40   3   1   1  23   3  0  .221  .269  .300  .569 *D35      
    5 Ken Singleton         62   403 1984  37 BAL AL 111 363  28  78  7  1  6  36  37   5  60   0   1   2  20   0  0  .215  .286  .289  .575 *D        
    6 George Bell           63   436 1993  33 CHW AL 102 410  36  89 17  2 13  64  13   2  49   4   0   9  14   1  1  .217  .243  .363  .606 *D        
    7 Chris James           63   463 1991  28 CLE AL 115 437  31 104 16  2  5  41  18   2  61   4   2   2   9   3  4  .238  .273  .318  .591 *D793     
    8 Jose Vidro            65   330 2008  33 SEA AL  85 308  28  72 11  0  7  45  18   2  36   0   2   2   5   2  1  .234  .274  .338  .612 *D/3   
    9 Rondell White         66   355 2006  34 MIN AL  99 337  32  83 17  1  7  38  11   2  54   4   0   3  11   1  1  .246  .276  .365  .641 *D7       
   10 Carl Everett          72   343 2006  35 SEA AL  92 308  37  70  8  0 11  33  29   2  57   3   0   3   7   1  3  .227  .297  .360  .657 *D/79

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