Forty years, six players, ten seasons.
Now I'm not suggesting that Guillen was as good as the others because he wasn't as he was the only one to do it and be below league average (96 OPS+). He also had the lowest AVG/OBP/SLG of the ten but still it is actually impressive that he accomplished something that had only been done nine times in franchise history.
Looking at the ten seasons stacked on top of each other (thanks to baseball-reference and its awesome play index) and it becomes easy to see why other people considered 2008 a bad year for Guillen. Here is where Guillen ranked in other stats in the ten seasons above:
- AVG - 10th
- OBP - 10th
- SLG - 10th
- BB's - 10th
- K's - 3rd
- Runs - 10th
- GiDP - 1st
- OPS+ - 10th
- OPS - 10th (by over 100 points!)
But despite all that I believe Guillen will rebound next year, I know that .264/.300/.438 line screams mediocre but in his last four full seasons before 2008 he was quite good. He OBP'd .353, .338, .352, .359 in those years so I think it's more than possible (and actually very likely) that Guillen puts up something in the .285/.345/.450 neighborhood.
That's not worth 12 million dollars though so I'm sure the critics will still be out in full force in 2009.