Four players in baseball history have put together this odd combination: 25 homers, 25 stolen bases, 40 doubles, more than 110 RBIs and 110 runs scored. They are:
So, no I don't think it was a GREAT year. But it was a great year, lower case letters, because I don't know that anyone else could have done it. Maybe
I know what you are wondering: How many players since the end of Deadball have had an OPS+ of 5 or less?
Well, it depends on how many plate appearances you are talking about. Quickly, you know OPS represents on-base percentage plus slugging, and OPS+ measures a player against everyone else in the league (taking ballpark effects into consideration). A 100 OPS+ is precisely average. That means, generally speaking, that a 5 OPS+ represents a player who is 20 times worse than average.
If you start with a 100 plate appearance baseline, there have been 211 players with a 5-or-below OPS+, because at that low threshold you get pitchers in there. If you exclude pitchers, the number drops to 31, from the astonishing
If you make it 150 plate appearances, you are down to six players:
There are thousands of cases, of course, of teams making terrible draft choices, but looking back I don't understand this one. I assume Lynn was the most famous college player in America (maybe it was
5. The aforementioned Andy Anderson in 1949 hit .125/.207/.169 in 1949. He played a little short, a little third base and a little second base for the St. Louis Browns. And he is the only baseball player to share names with the drummer for the Cure. OK, so that makes five. Obviously, you already know the sixth. But to make the point ... our guy is the ONLY player since Deadball to get 200 plate appearances and have a sub-5 OPS+.
He is, of course,