The Worst Lineup Ever Created
Through discussions, arguments, research, and games of chance, our own Ben Bates has selected the Greatest Lineup Ever Created. While Mr. Bates’ decision-making is clearly groundbreaking, it is not the first time such an endeavor has been attempted. Sports enthusiasts have long since debated the greatest players at each position.
However, we have rarely recognized the worst players at each respective position. And it’s a crying shame. Today, here at notinhd.com, that changes. Players long ignored for ineptitude will finally be given the recognition they deserve.
Bad players rarely make a career out of being inept, so unlike the Greatest Lineup Ever Created, ‘The Worst Lineup Ever Created’ will be comprised of individual seasons. Some of these players were borderline major leaguers their entire (brief) careers. Others had great careers, but stuck around one year too many. Yet others still, such as Andruw Jones, simply had trouble not eating twinkies staying in shape.
So without further adieu, ‘The Worst Lineup Ever Created’…
1. Hal Janvrin – 2B – Washington Senators/ St. Louis Cardinals, 1919
.180-BA, 1-HR, 8-SB, .221-SLG, 250-AB
It’s important to have speed at the top of any lineup, which is why Janvrin is leading off for the WLEC. Eight stolen bases is even more impressive considering he barely got on base eight times the entire season. I’m sure that’s the reason why St. Louis acquired him mid-season.
2. George Wright – RF – Texas Rangers, 1985
.190-AVG, 2-HR, 18-RBI, 4-of-11-SB, 363-AB
For those occasional times that Janvin may visit first base, it will be beneficial to have a high-average No. 2 hitter to keep the rally going.
Perhaps having a man at second with one out is the best-case scenario here.
3. Andruw Jones – CF – Los Angeles Dodgers, 2008
.158-AVG, 3-HR, 14-RBI, 76-K, 209-PA
With steal threat, Hal Janvrin on base, the WTEC will need a player to take some pitches to give him a chance to work his magic. Or, at least a player who won’t make contact with pitches he does swing at. Enter Jones, who struck out 36% of his at bats in 2008. Perhaps the worst part of his season was the fact that he was the 11th highest paid player in major league history at the time.
4. Leroy Stanton – DH – Seattle Mariners, 1978
.182AVG, .248-SLG, 3-HR, 24-RBI, 342-PA
The designated hitter was invented so that fans wouldn’t have to suffer through watching pitchers hit. In the case of the 1978 Seattle Mariners, it may have been a better alternative. More impressive than Stanton’s inability to hit is that the Mariners continued to play Stanton, who finished with a .248 slugging percentage.
5. Ken Reitz – 3B – Chicago Cubs, 1981
.215-AVG, .281-SLG, 2-HR, 28-RBI, 286-PA
A position traditionally filled by power hitters, Reitz showed that power and RBI’s can be optional for third basemen. Reitz never hit higher than .270, and only broke double digits in home runs twice. When you’re a lousy hitter to begin with, and you stick around too long, seasons like 1981 are bound to happen. After going 0-for-10 in 1982, Reitz called it a career two years too late.
6. George Scott – 1B – Boston Red Sox, 1968
.171-AVG, .237-SLG, 3-HR, 25-RBI, 387-PA
At another prototypical power position, Scott refused to conform to expectations. In his career, Scott finished eighth in the MVP voting once, and would go on to play in three all-star games. Needless to say, 1968 was not one of those years.
7. Ducky Holmes – LF – Chicago White Sox, 1905
.201-AVG, .259-SLG, 0-HR, 22-RBI, 380-PA
At age 34, Ducky Holmes stuck around one year too long. Though he hit over .300 the year before, Ducky quickly lost whatever skills he had. He gets additional points because his name is “Ducky.”
8. John Gochnauer – SS – Cleveland Naps, 1903
.185-AVG, .237-SLG, 0-HR, 37-RBI, 512-PA, .869-fielding percentage.
At a position filled with lousy hitters, Gochnauer proved to be an equally inept offensive and defensive player. In 512 plate appearances in 1903, Gochnauer hit .185 with no home runs. Even more impressive was his 98 errors in 134 games, which equaled a fielding percentage of less than 87%. Needless to say, Gochnauer’s career lasted only three seasons.
9. Bill Bergen – C – Brooklyn Superbas, 1909
.139-AVG, .156-SLG, 1-HR, 15-RBI, 370-PA
Bergen was the worst hitter of all time. He played 11 seasons and hit better than .190 just once. He finished with two career home runs in over 3,200 plate appearances, making Juan Pierre look like Babe Ruth.
1. Mike Parrott – Seattle Mariners 1980
1-16, 7.28-ERA, 178-baserunners, 94-IP, .356-OBA
Definitely the “Ace” of the staff. The best part about Parrott is that he went on to become a minor league pitching coach with several organizations.
2. Mike Maroth – Detroit Tigers 2003
9-21, 5.73-ERA, 281-baserunners, 193-IP
A lousy pitcher for one of the worst teams ever.
3. Les Sweetland – Philadelphia Phillies 1930
7-15, 7.71-ERA, 331-baserunners, 167-IP
No need to explain why this was his last season in Philadelphia.
4. Jim Abbott – California Angels, 1996
2-18, 171-hits allowed, 78-BB, 142-IP
Abbott finished with three quality starts out of the 23 he made. He averaged nearly two base-runners per inning and struck out just 58 batters.
5. Andy Benes, St. Louis Cardinals, 2001
Benes managed a .500 record, but his wins definitely weren’t the result of pitching duals. More impressive than his massive ERA was the fact that he gave up 2.52 home runs per 9-IP.
Lloyd Allen 1973
0-6, 9.42-ERA, 44-BB, 5-HBP, 49-IP
Allen made 28 appearances in 1973, walking (or beaning) a hitter every inning. If this lineup could somehow entered the ninth inning with a lead, Allen could find a way to lose it.
Agree? Disagree? Who would be in your Worst Lineup Ever Created?