Wednesday, January 27, 2010

All decade disaster team

There have been several decade retrospectives floating around so I thought I'd do one too but with a twist, mine is a team of players who had no business putting on a Royals uniform. You know what I'm talking about, players whose signing made you wince and then whose performance made you sick. These are just my opinions and you may disagree (and maybe rightfully so since there was plenty of suck to choose from) but I think some of them would probably be a consensus pick as worst Royal of the decade.

C - Benito Santiago
Signed as a free agent after the 2003 season he was 39 years old on opening day. An injury cut short his season and he was eventually shipped to Pittsburgh for Leo Nunez.
Year
PA
HR
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS+
2004
189
6
23
.274
.312
.434
91

1B - Ross Gload
He could have been a useful bench player capable of providing value as a pinch hitter or backup first baseman but he instead would set career highs in PA's two years in a row.
Year
PA
AB
HR
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS+
2007
346
320
7
51
.288
.318
.441
98
2008
418
388
3
37
.273
.317
.348
78

2B - Tony Graffanino
This one might be just me but I never took a liking to Graff. I realize he wasn't awful but I just couldn't stand watching him play.
Year
PA
HR
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS+
2004
314
3
26
.263
.332
.335
74
2005
217
3
18
.298
.377
.393
107
2006
250
5
32
.268
.346
.409
94

SS - Neifi Perez
He was Tony Pena Jr. before being Tony Pena Jr. was cool.
Year
PA
HR
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS+
2001
220
1
12
.241
.277
.302
49
2002
585
3
37
.236
.260
.303
44

OF - Chuck Knoblauch
He was so bad for KC that his career ended at the age of 34. I'm still trying to figure out why he was ever signed by the Royals to begin with.
Year
PA
HR
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS+
2002
336
6
22
.210
.284
.300
50

OF - Juan Gonzalez
Another player signed during that stellar offseason after the 2003 season. He was brought in to replace Raul Ibanez because KC didn't want to give Raul that third year, sigh. Juan was gone it seems just as quickly as he arrived. His bat speed was considerably slower than the year before and frankly he just never seemed like he was ever interested.
Year
PA
HR
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS+
2004
138
5
17
.276
.326
.441
96

OF - Terrence Long
I had actually repressed the memory of him ever playing for KC. Man that 2005 outfield was brutal.
Year
PA
HR
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS+
2005
489
6
53
.279
.321
.378
87

SP - Sidney Ponson
It amazes me that Moore thought KC could contend with Ponson starting the season as the #4 guy in the rotation. Ponson wasn't merely bad, he was apocalyptically bad.
Year
W
L
ERA
IP
BB
SO
ERA+
WHIP
2009
1
7
7.36
58.2
25
32
60
1.773

RP - Albie Lopez
The league hit .383/.468/.692 off Lopez in 2003. He gave up 29 earned runs in his final 11 innings and 16.3 hits per nine for the year, he actually makes Ponson look like Greinke.
Year
W
L
ERA
IP
BB
SO
ERA+
WHIP
2003
4
2
12.71
22.2
17
15
39
2.559

I didn't have a third baseman because I don't think that position was ever dreadful during the decade.

So these are my picks, who do you think were the decades worst?

9 comments:

  1. Man Graff was great. And back before I knew better, I always liked Terrance Long. (Mainly cause I couldn't stand Ryan Bukvich)

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  2. I would've gone with LaRue over Santiago, and probably placed Eli Marrero in the OF over Gonzalez, but otherwise good list!

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  3. I went with Santiago and Gonzalez because they were paid millions to be starters on a team many picked to win the Central.

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  4. joe the barber1/28/10, 3:13 AM

    C buck
    1b sweeney
    2b german
    Ss pena
    3b teahan
    Of guillen
    Of nunez
    Of knoblauch
    P ponson
    P may
    P lima

    That team wouldn't win 50 games

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