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Drew Butera is chasing the wrong kind of history

Aug 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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Twins catcher Drew Butera isn’t in the majors for his bat. Or for really any reason I can tell. But there he was in Minnesota’s lineup for the 57th time this season on Thursday, and he ended up 0-for-4 in a 6-1 loss to the Orioles. He’s 6-for-55 since the All-Star break, and he’s hitting just .160 for the season.

With Thursday’s game, Butera reached 200 plate appearances for the season.  Here are all of the players since 1961 to hit .160 or worse in at least 200 plate appearances:

1. Roy Oyler: .135 in 247 PA (1968 Tigers)
2. Brandon Wood: .146 in 243 PA (2010 Angels)
3. Bob Uecker: .150 in 221 PA (1967 Phillies & Braves)
4. Jim Mason: .152 in 251 PA (1975 Yankees)
5. Al Weis: .155 in 213 PA (1966 White Sox)
6. Nate Colbert: .156 in 260 PA (1975 Tigers & Expos)
7. Dick Tracewski: .156 in 240 PA (1968 Tigers)
8. Andruw Jones: .158 in 238 PA (2008 Dodgers)
9. Ken Williams: .159 in 243 PA (1988 White Sox)
10. Gus Triandos: .159 in 237 PA (1962 Orioles)

So, unless the Twins find themselves a new backup catcher tomorrow, Butera could well become the first player since 1975 to hit .160 or worse in at least 250 plate appearances.  Greg Vaughn’s .163 in 297 plate appearances for the 2002 Rays is the worst mark since.

Of course, Adam Dunn, with his .165 average in 431 plate appearances, could also have something to say about all of this.

  1. spookymilk - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Well, at least Butera slugs as well as Greg Vaughn, right? Uh…right…?

  2. sknut - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Hey it takes skill to be that bad.

    Good thing Bill Smith gave away Jose Morales last winter!

  3. coachbrew - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    The presence of Drew Butera on the Twins roster sums up so much of what’s wrong with the organization. Poor player evaluation, overvaluing of “character” guys, and favoritism.

    • sknut - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cris E - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      You forgot nepotism.

  4. Ben - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Boy am I sure glad we don’t have Wilson Ramos. Matt Capps is sooo good.

  5. hansob - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Even worse, his OBP is 0.198. No one with 250 plate appearances in a season has had a sub-.200 OBP since 19-freaking-11. So he’s got that going for him.

    And it was by this guy, who was able to do it 4 times in 5 years, and would have made it 5 straight if he’d gotten the PA’s in 1907:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bergebi01.shtml

    I’d think the “Similar Batters” section of Baseball Reference would list “Toaster Oven” as #1.

  6. schrutebeetfarms - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    He has more homeruns this year than Joe Mauer though I believe.

  7. nicosamuelson2 - Aug 26, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Do over on the Morales give-away. And the Capps-Ramos trade. Oh, and the Hardy trade. Maybe shoulda re-signed the O-Dog, too.

    Woulda been nice to have gotten Phil Hughes for Santana. Or Ellsbury.

    I hear Hendry is available. He’d be an upgrade.

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