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Stat of the day: MLB's least valuable hitters

Sep 11, 2009, 4:57 PM EST

As measured by park-adjusted runs above average. Taken from Fangraphs.com
1. Willy Taveras -26.3
2. Alex Gonzalez -21.2
3. Dioner Navarro -20.5
4. Yuniesky Betancourt -19.9
5. Emilio Bonifacio -19.9
6. Edgar Renteria -17.3
7. Aaron Miles -16.6
8. Kaz Matsui -16.5
9. Jason Kendall -16.5
10. Ronny Cedeno -15.9
Rather than go by OPS or another statistic based only on quality, I wanted to generate a list of players who have been awful hitters, yet are still playing regularly for the most part. That’s what we have here. Six of the 10 players have at least 400 plate appearances and all but one is over 300.
Sticking out like a sore thumb is Miles, who has just 150 at-bats and 161 plate appearances, yet has still managed the seventh-worst mark in baseball. To put his awful total in perspective, he’d be at -44.1 right now if he was producing like this in the same number of plate appearances that Taveras has received.

  1. SadBuccoFan - Sep 12, 2009 at 2:42 AM

    What’s really bad is that Dusty Baker often batted Taveras and Gonzalez first and second. That’s really putting your offense in a hole.

  2. hop - Sep 12, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    For the money Big SLoppy is making and his numbers he is easily the biggest bust this year. But i guess we are seeing the real hitter now that he’s off the juice, he wasnt all that great for the twins so now everyone sees why they released him

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