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Stat corner: Who had the least valuable careers in baseball history?

Who had the least valuable careers in baseball history?

We can use the Wins Above Average stat, covered in a previous stat corner, to give one possible answer. Remember, WAA gives you credit for what a player did that was above that done by an average player at their position in the years they played. Conversely, it can tell you what a player did that was below an average player.

The number represents how many wins a player meant for his team compared with an average player (a negative number is how many wins a player cost his team). The worst active players are also included.

To make the list, you had to have at least 2,000 plate appearances or 500 innings pitched.

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Players

1. Bill Bergen (1901-11), -24.5

2. Doc Cramer (1929-48), -22.8

3. Tommy Dowd (1891-1901), -21.3

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4. Alfredo Griffin (1976-93), -20.5

5. Doug Flynn (1975-85), -20.4

6. Dan Meyer (1974-85), -19.9

7. Ski Melillo (1926-37), -19.8

8. Tommy Thevenow (1924-38), -19.6

9. Ken Reitz (1972-82), -19.5

10. Bill Wambsganss (1914-26), -19.2

Active

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1. Mark Reynolds, -10.2

2. Alcides Escobar, -9.8

3. Jeff Mathis, -8.0

4. Justin Smoak, -7.6

5. Logan Morrison, -6.7

Pitchers

1. Tony Cloninger (1961-72), -14.3

2. Mike LaCoss (1978-91), -13.5

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3. Randy Lerch (1975-86), -12.9

4. Ed Doheny (1895-1903), -12.8

5. Bill Stearns (1871-75), -12.7

6. Mike Kekich (1965-77), -12.6

7. Jack Fisher (1959-69), -12.2

8. Herm Wehmeier (1945-58), -11.9

9. Kevin Jarvis (1994-2006), -11.6

10. Chick Fraser (1896-1909), -11.5

Active

1. Jordan Lyles, -9.8

2. Clayton Richard, -7.1

3. Edwin Jackson, -6.7

4. Jesse Chavez, -6.1

5. Charlie Morton, -6.0

Source: baseball-reference.com


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