• Negative Remark-a-bles

    Posted by on December 20th, 2005 · Comments (5)

    I was looking at Rich Lederer’s Overrated Offensive Players feature today and I got an idea. Actually, it was more of a question.

    Who, in their Yankees career, had a below average mark in batting average, on-base average, and slugging percentage? And, who in that group had the worst ‘sum’ of all those negative marks?

    Well, thanks to the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia and Excel, here’s the list that I came up with – as an answer to that question:


    Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis should not be shocked to see Pee Wee Wanninger on the top of the chart. And, seeing Joel Skinner’s name should not be a surprise.

    And, don’t even get me started again about Enrique Wilson and Tony Womack.

    Further, as much as I have complained in the past about David Cone’s 2000 season, maybe I should have also opined some about the impact of having Clay Bellinger’s 209 Plate Appearances on the 2000 Yankees stats?

    Now, what about the 2005 Yankees? Were there any “below average hat trickers” there? Check this out, also from the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia:


    That’s 1,379 Plate Appearances given to mega-under-performers. Is that a lot? Well, it was 21.5% of the Yankees total Plate Appearances in 2005. Or, in other words, in one out of every five plate appearances by a Yankee last year, an inferior batter was at the plate.

    And, the Yankees were still 2nd in the majors last year in runs scored. With a decent bench, New York might have scored 1,000 runs last year – something baseball has not seen since the 1999 Indians. (And, Cleveland was the first team to do that since the 1950 Red Sox.)

    Comments on Negative Remark-a-bles

    1. Don
      December 20th, 2005 | 1:58 pm

      Wow! The 1950 Bosox and the 1999 Tribe.

      BTW….. What did they win?

    2. December 20th, 2005 | 2:10 pm

      If not for Pedro, IIRC, the 1999 Indians might have won it….and if the 1950 Sox were in the NL that year, and not the AL, they would have won it going away, FWIW.

    3. Raf
      December 20th, 2005 | 2:25 pm

      BTW….. What did they win?

      1950 BoSox: Nothing; 3rd in the league behind NY & DET. Boston led the loop in runs scored, NY was 2nd. However, Boston was 6 (out of 8 teams) in pitching, while the Yanks were 3rd, behind Cleveland and Detroit.

      1999 Tribe: AL Central title. Lost the ALDS to the Red Sox. Memorable gm 5 where Pedro came out the pen and tossed 6 inn of no-hit baseball.

    4. rbj
      December 20th, 2005 | 2:58 pm

      Tony Womack’s on the list? You could knock me over with a 16 ton weight.
      I don’t care about scoring 1000 runs, but a few more in the post season would have helped.

    5. December 20th, 2005 | 3:20 pm

      So true.

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