Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Worst Players Ever

The guys over at ESPN's Page 2 made a list of the "Unfranchise Players," guys that the organization would be better without. They made the evaluation based on a particular season. They came up with Bill Virdon (1962), Marvell Wayne (1985) and Kevin Young (1993). Three very mediocre selections. Here are some better choices:
  • Raul Mondesi (2004) - 99 AB, 28 H, 2 HR. In addition to his bad numbers he quit the team a month in to the season.
  • Derek Bell (2001) - 5HR, 13 RBI, .173 AVG in 46 games. Why only 46 games? Because we sent him down to the minors where he quit the team. Leaving with $10M in Pirate loot for the numbers above.
  • Ryan Vogelsong - He spent too much time in the minors to find one season. So I'll give you career statistics: 10-22 with a 5.86 ERA. Keep in mind he was half of what we got for future Cy Young Award Runner-Up Jason Schmidt.

That's just off the top of my head people. Seriously? Bill Virdon? He had a bad season, but he'll always be a beloved bucco.

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