Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Flushing Frivolity – 12/15/09

Posted by JD on December 15, 2009

Beware the Ides of December! And beware of me making that joke each month.

Anyway, today’s Frivolity picks up the thread from yesterday’s: low OPS+. As in, who had the lowest ever? Back to Baseball Reference I went and this is what I got (minimum 502 plate appearances):

Rk               Player OPS+  PA Year Age
1             Jim Levey   24 567 1933  26
2       Skeeter Newsome   33 508 1936  25
3          Art Scharein   34 522 1933  28
4          Bill Hallman   36 525 1901  34
5          Billy Hunter   37 604 1953  25
6          Leo Durocher   37 520 1937  31
7        John Gochnauer   37 506 1902  26
8            Hal Lanier   38 518 1968  25
9           Boze Berger   41 523 1938  28
10           Hal Lanier   42 557 1967  24
11            Jim Levey   42 540 1931  24
12      Alfredo Griffin   43 502 1990  32
13      Sparky Anderson   43 527 1959  25
14          Doc Farrell   43 533 1928  26
15          Neifi Perez   44 585 2002  29
16          Tim Johnson   44 510 1973  23
17          Tommy Helms   44 605 1970  29
18          Ski Melillo   44 589 1934  34
19          Fred Raymer   44 522 1905  29
20      Freddie Maguire   45 544 1931  32

Makes Rey Ordonez look like Babe Ruth, no? And I guess we know at least part of the reason that Leo Durocher and Sparky Anderson got into managing. Anyway, I regard 1947 as the start of the modern era and only eight of the player-seasons on our list played in it, so let’s start with that date and see what the results are for the modern era:

Rk               Player OPS+  PA Year Age
1          Billy Hunter   37 604 1953  25
2            Hal Lanier   38 518 1968  25
3            Hal Lanier   42 557 1967  24
4       Alfredo Griffin   43 502 1990  32
5       Sparky Anderson   43 527 1959  25
6           Neifi Perez   44 585 2002  29
7           Tim Johnson   44 510 1973  23
8           Tommy Helms   44 605 1970  29
9            Hal Lanier   46 537 1969  26
10         Clint Barmes   47 535 2006  27
11          Mike Caruso   47 564 1999  22
12         Brian Hunter   48 589 1999  28
13         Billy Ripken   48 559 1988  23
14          Ozzie Smith   48 649 1979  24
15          Marty Perez   49 518 1972  25
16       Craig Robinson   51 506 1974  25
17           Hal Lanier   51 556 1965  22
18       Dick Schofield   51 548 1965  30
19         Angel Berroa   52 503 2006  28
20      Zoilo Versalles   52 626 1967  27

For the record, Rey Ordonez’ 53 OPS+ in 1998 is 23rd on this list. Not the worst of all-time, but definitely not far from it. I always knew he struggled with the bat, but I had no idea that it was that bad.

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