• Worst Offensive Line-Up In Yankees History

    Posted by on January 24th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    It has to be the 1990 team, right?

    Rk Pos Age G PA R HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
    1 C Bob Geren 28 110 303 21 8 31 0 13 73 .213 .259 .325 .584 63
    2 1B Don Mattingly* 29 102 428 40 5 42 1 28 20 .256 .308 .335 .643 81
    3 2B Steve Sax 30 155 680 70 4 42 43 49 46 .260 .316 .325 .641 80
    4 SS Alvaro Espinoza 28 150 472 31 2 20 1 16 54 .224 .258 .274 .532 50
    5 3B Jim Leyritz 26 92 339 28 5 25 2 27 51 .257 .331 .356 .688 93
    6 LF Oscar Azocar* 25 65 218 18 5 19 7 2 15 .248 .257 .355 .612 70
    7 CF Roberto Kelly 25 162 687 85 15 61 42 33 148 .285 .323 .418 .741 106
    8 RF Jesse Barfield 30 153 570 69 25 78 4 82 150 .246 .359 .456 .815 127
    9 DH Steve Balboni 33 116 307 24 17 34 0 35 91 .192 .291 .406 .697 94
    Rk Pos Age G PA R HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
    10 UT Mel Hall* 29 113 371 41 12 46 0 6 46 .258 .272 .433 .706 95
    11 UT Kevin Maas* 25 79 300 42 21 41 1 43 76 .252 .367 .535 .902 150
    12 UT Matt Nokes* 26 92 264 21 8 32 2 20 33 .238 .307 .354 .661 85
    13 3B Randy Velarde 27 95 253 21 5 19 0 20 53 .210 .275 .319 .594 66
    14 3B Mike Blowers 25 48 157 16 5 21 1 12 50 .188 .255 .319 .574 60
    15 OF Deion Sanders* 22 57 149 24 3 9 8 13 27 .158 .236 .271 .507 42
    16 C Rick Cerone 36 49 146 12 2 11 0 5 13 .302 .324 .388 .713 99
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 1/24/2013.

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    Comments on Worst Offensive Line-Up In Yankees History

    1. LMJ229
      January 24th, 2013 | 10:30 am

      Wow that’s ugly.

    2. KPOcala
      January 24th, 2013 | 11:55 am

      I remember the Yankee radio announcers call Oscar Azocar “The Baby Bull”, as he reminded them of Orlando Cepeda! I mostly listened to these games back then, I grew up in Miami. Those guys could lay it on thick ;)

    3. Evan3457
      January 24th, 2013 | 1:35 pm

      1967 Yankees were 10th out of 10 in runs scored, and had the same OPS+ of 86.

      Mickey was a better hitter than anyone on the 1990 team, and he managed to play about 90% of the season, but he only knocked in 55 runs, because a lot of his surplus offense was other teams pitching around him whenever they could, which was nearly all the time.

    4. MJ Recanati
      January 24th, 2013 | 4:03 pm

      I remember that team like it was yesterday. Being a Yankee fan in high school during those years was painful.

    5. January 24th, 2013 | 4:42 pm

      I was 27 in 1990.
      It wasn’t so bad that the team sucked then.
      It made it easy to go down the shore and not be upset that you were running around all weekend and missing the games.

      That’s the one perk of having a team that sucks. You watch them when you want and you don’t feel bad when you miss the games – and there are no must see games where you have to put your life on hold to make sure you see it. (Yes, I know, I am a sad fan who locks down for the big games because I don’t want to miss it.)

    6. MJ Recanati
      January 24th, 2013 | 5:36 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      That’s the one perk of having a team that sucks.

      There are no perks to rooting for an awful team. I wouldn’t trade places with a Royals fan for anything, nor would I trade places with a fan of a team that alternates between mediocrity and success on a fairly regular basis (like the White Sox).

      If a fan wants to miss a few games to go to the beach or whatever, that’s not a big deal nowadays with MLB.tv or the MLB apps for smartphones. Perhaps in 1990 it was an all-or-nothing proposition but, today, I’d rather root for a great team every year and take a few weeks off.

    7. January 24th, 2013 | 9:05 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      1967 Yankees were 10th out of 10 in runs scored, and had the same OPS+ of 86.Mickey was a better hitter than anyone on the 1990 team, and he managed to play about 90% of the season, but he only knocked in 55 runs, because a lot of his surplus offense was other teams pitching around him whenever they could, which was nearly all the time.

      I thought the obvious pick would be the 1968 Yankees (.214 team batting average) but the more I thought about it I have to admit the 1967 is right there and may in fact have an edge. In 1967 the Yanks carried two 19 year olds who Houk almost never used. Charlie Sands was on the active roster all season and appeared in a grand total of 1 game. Frank Tepedino the other 19 year old was carried for the first two plus months getting a grand total of 5 at bats.

    8. Raf
      January 24th, 2013 | 10:32 pm

      1990 was a joke of a season in so many ways.

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