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Worst Pitcher Seasons since 1961

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Back by popular demand, add another "Worst" list with the worst pitcher seasons since 1961 using ERA+. Checking baseball-reference.com, unlike qualifications for the batting title, it appears the qualification for the ERA title has never changed. In order to qualify a pitcher must pitch at least one inning per team game. Now I could have gone back to 1901 then but again it would been littered with too many early 20th century pitchers that most us have never heard of. The worst ERA+ of all-time was Rube Bressler of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915 who posted an ERA+ of 56. To put that into context, he had an 5.20 ERA while the league ERA that season was 2.93.

 

I elected to go with 1961 since that was the beginning of the expansion era of MLB when the Angels and Senators (ver 2.0) were added to the American League. Now on the player lists there were a lot of ties and there would have been a ton for the pitcher list so to make it slightly less cluttered I break the ties by who threw more innings (as in who sucked in a larger sample). And the top of the list is someone who we could never forget, nor can we ever forget his wife's huge tits.

 

Top 25 Worst Pitcher Seasons since 1961 (per ERA+)

 

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1. Jose Lima, 2005 - Kansas City Royals 63 ERA+ (6.99 ERA in 168 2/3 IP)

 

2. Jack Lamabe, 1964 - Boston Red Sox 65

3. Eric Milton, 2005 - Cincinnati Reds 66 (186 1/3 IP)

4. Rick Wise, 1968 - Philadelphia Phillies 66 (182)

5. Mark Davis, 1984 - San Francisco Giants 66 (174 2/3)

6. Bob Knepper, 1989 - Houston Astros/San Francisco Giants 66 (165)

7. Jim Deshaies, 1994 - Minnesota Twins 66 (130 1/3)

8. Warren Spahn, 1964 - Milwaukee Braves 67

9. Matt Keough, 1982 - Oakland A's 68 (209 1/3)

10. Steve Arlin, 1973 - San Diego Padres 68 (180)

11. Phil Ortega, 1965 - Washington Senators 68 (179 2/3)

12. Javier Vazquez, 1998 - Montreal Expos 69

13. Vida Blue, 1979 - San Francisco Giants 70 (237)

14. Frank Baumann, 1961 - Chicago White Sox 70 (187 2/3)

15. Pete Broberg, 1972 - Texas Rangers 70 (176 1/3)

16. Joel Pineiro, 2006 - Seattle Mariners 70 (165 2/3)

17. Terry Mulholland, 1995 - San Francisco Giants 70 (149)

18. Dick Ruthven, 1981 - Philadelphia Phillies 70 (146 2/3)

19. Willie Fraser, 1988 - California Angels 71 (194 2/3)

20. Bob Walk, 1993 - Pittsburgh Pirates 71 (187)

21. Bill Singer, 1975 - California Angels 71 (175)

22. Brandon Duckworth, 2002 - Philadelphia Phillies 71 (163)

23. Terry Mulholland, 1994 - New York Yankees 71 (120)

24. Jack Fisher, 1967 - New York Mets 72 (220 1/3)

25. Joe Coleman, 1975 - Detroit Tigers 72 (201)

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Didn't Lima also give his wife herpes? Or was that a girlfriend or something?

 

"16. Joel Pineiro, 2006 - Seattle Mariners 70 (165 2/3)"

 

Man he looked so promising in his early years in Seattle too. I guess he just didn't pan out.

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From Wikipedia:

In December 2004, Lima was successfully sued by a woman who claimed she had contracted genital herpes from him. Faced with counts of assault and negligence, Lima may owe the woman as much as $950,000. He claims to have contracted the incurable disease while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. He has also made statements in his native Dominican Republic that after his baseball career is over, he would possibly like to pursue a career as a singer; specifically in the genre of bachata.

 

Between $950,000 and not having herpes I'd probably choose not having herpes, but that's still a nice chunk of cash. I also hope that some video of his singing turns up on youtube.

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He was pitching in Korea earlier this season but got released. He's now with the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League.

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