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:
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.)