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Worst. Team. Ever.

His other car is the Millenium FalconMany of us have sat tirelessly through Fantasy Drafts trying to assemble the best squad possible. Some of us have done the same in front of our televisions with video game controllers in our hands, trying to field a team of perennial All-Stars and uber prospects to destroy our simulated challengers. But what about building a team of All-Time Underachievers?

Inspired by the catch phrase of the one and only “Comic Book Guy” Jeff Albertson, I set forth on my quest to compile the greatest collection of crappy imaginable. Using my 1983 Card Collecting Rookie Year as the starting point, the main criteria for making this squad was a career of sucking, with a hint of personal preferences tossed in to spice things up a bit. The process was surprisingly harder than I imagined, but still, I managed to field a terrible team. I present to you the (Comic Book Guy voice) “Worst. Team. Ever.”

Owner: Peter Angelos
Since purchasing the Baltimore Orioles in 1993, Peter Angelos has turned the once proud franchise into a complete disaster. Even with a 98 win season and AL East Title in 1997, the Orioles have managed a 1059 – 1317 (.446) during Angelos’ time as owner. While a penny-pinching small market owner could very easily have earned this position, Angelos earns the nod through moves like trying to block the move of the Montreal Expos to Washington and refusing to even attempt to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox because it would cost too much. MLB gave you $75M for a 10% stake in the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network – the least you could do is spend that money on fielding a better team ya cheap bastard!

General Manager: Allard Baird
Small market or not, Allard Baird earns his position as the man responsible for building the worst team ever through his history of horrible decisions in Kansas City. Some would argue that Baird did the best he could when dealing superstars Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran, but I am not one of them. Of the six players acquired through those two trades, only Mark Teahen remains an everyday player. Angel Berroa didn’t deserve the 2003 Rookie of the Year Award and his recent decline proves that. Toss in the fact that Baird shipped 2005 World Series MVP Jermain Dye to Colorado for Neifi Perez and signed Juan Gonzalez when everyone knew he had nothing left in the tank and you see why he’s heading up this team. Of course, I couldn’t let him do the job alone, so Bill Bavasi will be working alongside as his Assistant GM…How he's still managing in the majors is a complete head scratchers, even to Buddy Bell himself.

Manager: Buddy Bell
Originally, Wally Backman was brought on board to steer this ship, but he only lasted four days! In his place is one of Baird’s former hires. There are certainly other men who could have been put in charge of this rag-tag bunch, but no one can match Bell’s remarkable continued employment. Three teams have allowed the man with a career 463 – 657 (.413) record to guide their club, with Colorado and Kansas City each giving him an opportunity following a 109 Loss season in Detroit. While he managed to do marginally well in Townsend’s town (161 – 185), he has successfully undone all the positives left behind by Tony Pena in Kansas City. Atta boy Buddy!

Catcher: Mark Parent
13 Seasons, 474 Games, 1303 AB – .214/53/168 .268 OBP
I have always maintained that I would love to be a journeyman catcher and Parent is the epitome of why. His career home run and RBI numbers are close to a single season from Big Papi. All of his offensive shortcomings would be acceptable if he was a defensive stalwart like Mike Matheny, but Parent didn’t even have that going for him.

Backup: Kevin Cash
4 Seasons, 114 Games, 332 AB – .172/7/31 .221 OBP
A personal favourite as a former resident of the Greater Toronto Area. Cash was hailed as the Catcher of the Future with the Jays and for three seasons he was given ample opportunity to seize the position. Instead, he was pretty much a guaranteed out.

Defensive Specialist: Matt LeCroy
LeCroy was a fantasy players dream – a guy who qualified at catcher who could hit the ball and got regular at-bats, serving as a DH and first baseman with the Twins for the bulk of his career. His abilities behind the plate, however, were less than spectacular. I’m pretty sure that I could steal second off LeCroy and I’m a 200 pounder who can’t run to save my life. Watching him airmail two throws into center last season for the Nationals solidified his place here.

First Base: J.R. Phillips
7 Seasons, 242 Games, 501 AB – .188/23/67 with 180 strikeouts
Representing El Gigantes, Phillips was a minor league stud with major league holes in his swing. For years he was supposed to take over for Jack Thomas Snow at first and be the power hitting corner infielder every team dreams of. Instead, he struck out a whopping 36% of the time he stepped up to the dish and earned himself a birth on this terrible team.

The only Billy Ripken card anyone ever wanted. Too bad it's a Fleer!Second Base: Billy Ripken
12 Seasons, 912 Games, 2729 AB – .247/20/229
When I sent the roster for this team out to my fellow Bugs & Cranks staffers, Billy Ripken’s place on this team earned a few return emails questioning my sanity. Ripken’s inclusion on this squad is one of my personal picks, since I would argue that he is known for being Cal Ripken’s kid brother and the guy with the best baseball card ever than anything else. Some have claimed he was terrific defensively, yet there are no Gold Gloves. While I know that isn’t the only mark of a defensive stalwart, you would think if he was that good he could have managed one over 12 years. Bottom line: if his last name wasn’t Ripken, he wouldn’t have lasted as long as he did.

Third Base: Brandon Larson
4 Seasons, 109 Games, 291 AB – .179/8/37 with 86 strikeouts
Another member of the squad who was heralded as his team’s saviour at a position of weakness, Larson was given a number of opportunities to seize the hot corner in Cincinnati and failed to do so repeatedly. Striking out 30% of the time doesn’t help the cause.

Shortstop: Dale Sveum (Team Captain)
12 Seasons, 862 Games, 2526 AB – .236/69/340
Milwaukee writer Jeremy Happel insisted I remove Sveum from this team, but there was no way. Sveum’s career numbers are extremely misleading as 25 of his career home runs and 95 of his 340 RBI came in one remarkable season, 1987, where he had to have been allowed to hit from a tee. For half of his 12 seasons, Sveum hit below. 200 and was under .220 on two other occasions. Perhaps it should be renamed “The Sveum Line”…

Left Field: Brad Komminsk
8 Seasons, 376 Games, 986 AB – .218/23/105 with 258 strikeouts
You gotta love obscure, journeyman outfielders from the 1980’s! Komminsk played for six organizations over his eight years. I’m pretty sure striking out every fourth at bat had something to do with that.

Bat Thief, Strikeout Machine & Horrific Baserunner Ruben Rivera.Center Field: Ruben Rivera (Unanimous Selection)
9 Seasons, 662 Games, 1586 AB – .216/64/203 with 510 strikeouts
Rivera’s name was put forth by a number of staffers here at B&C, as his transformation from New York Yankee phenom to a man who struck out in nearly 33% percent of his plate appearance and was responsible for the worst bit of base running legendary announcer Jon Miller has ever seen was too much for anyone to overlook. Rivera cemented his position on this list by being bold enough to once steal Derek Jeter’s glove and bat and attempting to sell the pair on eBay. It also doesn’t hurt that San Diego let All-Star center fielder Steve Finley walk after acquiring Rivera from the Yankees in the Hideki Irabu deal. Good call!

Right Field: Ryan McGuire
6 Seasons, 368 Games, 631 AB – .211/7/55 with 155 strikeouts
Much like Kevin Cash, McGuire was another player I was repeatedly told would be a future All-Star thanks to TSN’s insistence on televising Montreal Expos games in the mid-90’s. Unfortunately, he turned out to be more Ryan Minor than Mark McGwire, striking out 25% of the time collecting a meager 133 hits for his career and completing our free swinging outfield of dreams.

Utility Men: Tomas Perez & Rafael Belliard
I agree that every team needs a guy who can fill in at numerous positions and serve as a defensive replacement. That being said, there are far better options than these two, which is why they have wound up here.
Perez: 11 Seasons, 781 Games, 1886 AB – .240/24/180
Perez was another supposed Prized Prospect to come out of the Toronto Blue Jays organization in the ’90s. After four uneventful seasons in Toronto, he moved on to enjoy six more with Philadelphia before spending 2006 with Tampa Bay. While you can’t expect much out of a utility infielder, shouldn’t you be able to expect a little better than this? Where is Miguel Cairo or Luis Sojo when you need them?
Belliard: 17 Seasons, 1155 Games, 2301 AB – .221/2/142
The long-time Pirate and Brave Belliard somehow spent 17 seasons in the majors serving as an “All Glove, No Stick Guy” without much glove and is someone current Blue Jay Ryan Roberts would do well to model himself after. The even more impressive thing from Belliard’s career is that Atlanta kept resigning him. After 10 years in Pittsburgh, the Braves would repeatedly give the pint-sized Pueblo Nuevo native short-term deals when no one else had any interest in signing him.

With the position players set, it’s time to see who’ll be staring down batters from 60′ 6″ away, beginning with the Starting Rotation.

From Opening Day Starter to Out of Baseball in under two years... now that's impressive!Dewon Brazelton (8-25, 6.38)
While Brazelton’s less than mediocre record alone would earn him a place in this rotation from hell, it’s the additional facts that cement his position at the top of the list. The third overall selection from the 2001 Draft, Brazelton was picked before fellow first-rounders Mark Teixeira and former Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby, as well as current All-Star and MVP Candidate Grady Sizemore and San Diego pitcher Chris Young, both of whom went in the third round. Mix in some serious behavioural issues while with the Devils Rays and you can understand why Tampa’s 2005 Opening Day starter gets the call on this band of miscreants.

Ben Hendrickson (1-10, 7.41)
Somehow, a couple of my fellow Bugs and / or Cranks lobbied against “Big Ben” being a part of this team, stating that his meager 14 MLB appearances wasn’t enough to go on. I say that is exactly why he should hold down the second spot in this wretched rotation – it only took 14 appearance for the Brewers and everyone else to realize this kid wasn’t going to be “the pitcher to take the Brewers to the promise land” as his Baseball Reference page sponsor claims. Something about giving up 79 hits and 48 Earned Runs in 58 innings screams Worst Team Ever, don’t you think?

“Hard Luck” Anthony Young (15-48, 3.89)
The man with the best ERA on the staff was actually a far better pitcher than his record indicates. His ERA under 4.00 is a much better indicator of his skills. That being said, there was no way I could leave the man who went a combined 3 -30 in ’92 and ’93 off of this team. Young’s struggles were national news during those two seasons, which means his place on this team was a guarantee.

Matt Young (55-95, 4.40)
Not an entirely horrible pitcher over his 10 year career, Matt Young earned his place on this team more or less through one game. During a 1992 Red Sox road game in Cleveland, Young threw a no-hitter… AND LOST! Now, the dormant Sox bats from that game deserve some of the credit, but this is still a remarkable accomplishment. The salt in the wounds for Young was that because Cleveland was ahead, they didn’t need to come to bat in the bottom of the ninth. As such, his performance is not recognized as an official no hitter according to Major League baseball. Welcome aboard Matty!

Bryan Rekar (25-49, 5.62)
Rekar managed to make his way onto this squad by being a member of some mediocre teams during the course of his career. After spending from 1995-1998 with the Colorado Rockies, he was a member of the Tampa Bay Devils Rays during their initial four seasons before ending his career with two brief appearances with Kansas City in 2002. The statistics from his final season say it all: 7 IP, 12 hits, 12 earned runs, 6 BB = 15.43 ERA.

Onto the bullpen!

An all-too-familiar pose for Shawn Chacon. Surprisingly, this isn't from his days in Colorado.

Closer: Shawn Chacon (1-9, 7.11, 35 Saves)
Chacon was a personal choice after his one awful year as the Rockies closer. The scary part is that even with a 7.11 ERA and 9 loses, Chacon still managed to save 35 games! The team only won 68 all year… Regardless, the numbers don’t lie – Shawn Chacon was a horrible closer, thereby earning himself his place on this team.

Aaron Myette (6-12, 8.16)
One of the long relievers on this collection of craptastic, Myette’s inclusion makes me extra proud, as he is a fellow Canadian and was part of the 2004 Olympic Squad that finished 4th. At this point, please feel free to send along your remarks about how terrible a baseball nation Canada must be for this guy to be on our Olympic team. Just remember though, we do have the reigning AL MVP…

Chris George (14-20, 6.48)
The lefthanded half of our long relief / spot starter tandem, the former Kansas City Royals prospect made his way onto this squad by allowing 300 hits and 171 Earned Runs over his un-lustrious four year career.

Eric Ludwick (2-10, 8.35)
Just because you can never have enough lefthanders available, especially with a rotation like this one, the original St. Louis Ludwick has found a new home. Ryan’s brother gets extra points for being traded for some well-known talent, first going from the Mets to the Cards for Bernard Gilkey and then accompanying fellow flameout Blake Stein and TJ Mathews to Oakland for MARK McGWIRE! How’d that one work out for ya Mr. Moneyball?

Dennis Springer (24-48, 5.18)
What team of terrible would be complete without a knuckleballer, especially one whose knuckleball failed to knuckle more often than not? Dennis Springer also makes this team as he is one of those guys who evokes the “Why the hell do they keep sending this guy out there?” response Victor Zambrano has revived in Toronto.

Dennis Tankersley (1-10, 7.61)
As much as everyone argued that 1-10 Ben Hendrickson shouldn’t be included on this team, no one said a word about the selection of the 1-10 Tankersley. Could it have been his 2003 campaign in San Diego,where he managed to achieve the ultra-impressive Infinite ERA?

1 Game Started – Zero IP, 3 Hits, 4 BB, 7 Earned Runs

Somehow, he managed to get 6 more starts and 3 more relief appearances the following year before falling off the face of the Earth.

Even Hideki Irabu was better than Mac Suzuki.

Ryan Glynn (9-20, 6.24)
Another member of this squad who made his way through Toronto at one point or another, I recall watching Glynn pitch for the Jays and hearing the commentator (the horrific Jamie Campbell) remark that Glynn only had two pitches, a fastball and a changeup and that he was having difficulty with each. I have a fastball and a changeup! Shouldn’t that automatically remove you from a teams plans? It didn’t, as Glynn resurfaced in Oakland the following year before moving onto Japan this season.

Mac Suzuki (16-31, 5.72)
Speaking of the Land of the Rising Sun, the final piece of a puzzle of putrid is another member of the “Why do they keep marching him out there?” Club. Suzuki was given 67 opportunities to start over his 6 year career and managed to come out on the losing end of a decision nearly 2/3 of the time. But if he needs to look at things on the bright side, he has more victories than Myette, Tankersley, Ludwick and Glynn put together!

That’s it… Now the fun begins.

Part of the fun of compiling a collection of craptacular like this is hearing what everyone else thinks, so send your comments along and tell me who you would add and subtract if you were fielding your own Worst. Team. Ever.

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49 Responses to “Worst. Team. Ever.”
  1. Dennis says:

    Steve Jeltz got replaced by Dale Sveum. Jeltz was such a bad switch hitter that
    years into his major league career he gave up hitting from 1 side. Did hit a HR from both sides of the plate in 1 game however.

  2. Spencer Kyte says:

    Looking at the numbers, Jeltz could easily replace Sveum… except I always loved Sveum’s baseball cards featuring his super ‘stache!

    I know a couple other guys who quit the switch hitting, though none of them come to mind right now… maybe Dave Hollins at the end of his career for one… and I’m always impressed by the homer from each side of the plate; I remember Eddie Murray and Howard Johnson performing the trick during my younger years.

  3. But did they hit grand slams from each side of the plate in one game?

    Billy Mueller!!

  4. Spencer Kyte says:

    Two in one inning by Fernando Tatis tops that!

  5. I’m appalled that Neifi Perez is nowhere to be found.

  6. Spencer Kyte says:

    Matt – at least he’s mentioned… that’s gotta count for something…

  7. pr9000 says:

    LIttlefield for GM. He can take a run at Baird’s incompetence.

  8. Andy says:

    Kevin McClatchy for CEO, too…or whatever his title is now.

  9. Camp Tiger Claw says:

    I was prepared to read this and then complain about the omission of Matt Young. You have made me proud.

  10. Dan says:

    No Eric Milton? He would be my ace.

  11. KidKeith says:

    Neifi! Neifi! Neifi!

  12. joe says:

    Actually, 2 of the 3 players Baird got for Beltran are starting for the royals now, and both are doing quite well this year.

    Baird actually wasn’t a terrible GM, he was really hamstrung by very poor medling owners, but he had a good scouting eye and could pick up usefull players for cheap, he also turned drafting from a weakness to a strength, he was a terribvle drafter at first, but his last three drafts were very strong.

  13. Jim says:

    As any fan of the 04-05 Red Sox will tell you, if you remove Dale Sveum from the shortstop position there’s always a spot for him as 3rd base coach.

  14. Spencer Kyte says:

    Rickey:
    For starters, thanks for dropping by and somehow, Zambrano has managed a winning record to date (somehow) but could end up on future installments.

    KidKeith:
    Sorry about no Neifi… he’s a popular choice it seems

    Joe:
    Until this season, John Buck sucked. I’ll give you Teahen, simply b/c he’s Canadian, but wouldn’t YOU rather have Beltran than Buck, Teahan and Mike Wood? Oh wait, he’s long gone already… and until some of those great draft picks start proving themselves, he’s a lock in the GM spot.

    Jim:
    A team like this has got to have Sveum on it somewhere, so maybe Sveum goes to coach so everyone can get their Neifi fix.

  15. Charlie says:

    JR Phillips was the alleged replacement for Will Clark, not JT Snow. Phillips had been run out of town before Snow arrived…

  16. Brad Glory says:

    You’re missing Doug Simons as the setup guy. From the Ultimate Mets Database:

    Doug Simons sucked. But what made it even more amazing is that his teammates knew he sucked. That’s why they were licking their chops when he went to the Expos in 1992. His first appearance of the year was against the Mets on a Saturday in April. He got one man out and gave up four earned runs. The Expos gave him an encore on Sunday and Simons outdid himself. He got NO ONE out and gave up four more earned runs. Then he was sent to the minors. Unfortunately, Montreal recalled him in September and he got a few men out. Otherwise his ERA for the 1992 season would have been 216.00 — the highest finite ERA in the history of major league baseball.

    (His ERA that season ended up as “only” 23.63.)

  17. Matt says:

    Neifi has to be included, and Dusty Baker should get a mention for always finding a way to get him 400 at-bats a season.

  18. Capitolman says:

    Where is Ray Quinones? Four putrid seasons at SS for the Mariners, Pirates, and Springfield Isotopes.

  19. Tecmo Bo says:

    NEIFI! NEIFI! NEIFI!

    Just picture Dale Sveum wildly waving Neifi home from second on an infield single… the world needs you to change the team. Otherwise, the terrorists win.

  20. Spencer Kyte says:

    Alright, so I was wrong on the Will Clark / JT Snow timeline with JR Phillips, but it doesn’t mean he’s off the team or anything, though it might mean I am… but I doubt it!

    Capitolman:
    Quinones had 10+ HR and 50+ RBI back to back in the late 80’s, so stop being an angry Mariner’s fan and accept that he is nowhere near as bad as Dale Sveum

    As for the on-going NEIFI Debate, he hit .268 lifetime and had a couple Coors Field-inflated years (10+ HR/70+ RBI) to go with it, so statistically he doesn’t fit. And since I don’t have any personal vendettas against him, unlike Mr. Ripken, I can do it.

    I guess the terrorists win…

  21. mike says:

    Russell Branyan should be on this list

  22. JMOH says:

    It’s McGWIRE! MARK McGWIRE!

    Other than that, great list.

    BTW, Brad Kommisk was touted as the (and I am not joking about this) next Henry Aaron by the Braves.

    And how the hell did Billy Ripken play baseball for 12 years? That has to be major and minor leagues, right?

  23. gjdodger says:

    The Tigers’ forum calls Neifi “Paint Job”; they figure, for what it cost to get Neifi when Polanco went down, the Tigers could have touched up Comerica Park. But those same fans would tell you, for sheer incompetence at GM, nobody could beat Randy “Radar” Smith, who got his last name and a bunch of has been Astros from his old man, but nothing else.

  24. Spencer Kyte says:

    Again… I should have a proofreader and I’m glad to see someone agrees with me about Billy Ripken!

  25. Ron Perkins says:

    Billy Ripken hit lefties pretty well across his career (.270 career avg, though no power and few walks). With that and his fielding ability he was a reasonably decent utility backup guy. He also had a decent season in 1990 as a starter.

  26. bowser says:

    It’s not Beltran or Buck, Teahan, or Wood.

    It’s 4 months of Beltran for at least 6 years of Buck, Teahan, and Wood.

    Beltran wanted nothing to do with KC once his deal expired and Boras had no problem admitting that.

  27. Markoos says:

    My first thought was Jeltz. Thank you for addressing this immediately.

  28. Edgar'sRevenge says:

    Your closer HAS to be Heathcliff Slocumb. Varitek and Lowe for 10 saves, 6 blown saves, a 4+ ERA and immeasurable heartbreak? Smoke’em cost the mariners at least one world series. Gimme Chacon any day.

  29. Vince says:

    Jorge Sosa should be there as the closer i’m fairly sure he blew 1 game twice last season, more blown saves than actual saves. 11 losses. Chacon wasn’t that bad and was an all-star, you can’t be that bad if your an all-star. (well unless your name is Mark Redman)

  30. Spencer Kyte says:

    Ron Coomer was an All-Star (Sorry Landon…)
    The aforementioned Mark Redman was an All-Star
    Someone from Washington is going to be an All-Star this season.

    Chacon was 1-9 with an ERA over 7.00 – I stand by my choice, but I do love the opinions and comments… this is why I do what I do!

  31. scott says:

    Jose Uribe and Bob Ueker.

  32. JMOH says:

    BTW, Billy Beane didn’t trade Mark McGwire. That was Sandy Alderson.

  33. RMT says:

    For the bullpen, Terry Felton of the Twins – 0-16 career.
    Now a prison guard in California.

  34. Nick says:

    I could remake this whole team out of Pittsburgh Pirates. Freddy Garcia? Marc Wilkins? ‘Nuff said.

  35. MB says:

    Steve Jeltz was the first name that came to mind. And his jerry curl could rival Sveum’s mustache.

    Another name that comes to mind is Travis Lee. Especially with the huge contract that he signed after the draft loop-hole.

  36. rory says:

    No love (hate?) for Manny Alexander? Didn’t realise this, but apparently in 1996, Manny had 73 plate appearances and made 68 outs. His OPS+ was -36 (yes, that’s negative 36). His career OPS+ was 55.

    Amazing.

  37. Spencer Kyte says:

    Chico Lind was a Pirate that was considered, just because he, like Billy Ripken, had an entirely uneventful career.

    Travis Lee put up a couple decent seasons – but I only know that now because he was my original thought for first base, before my man Bigs reminded me of good ol’ JR.

    Manny Alexander was a candidate as well… but he couldn’t overtake Belliard’s longevity!

  38. Jeff says:

    Baird- being that the Royals recieved 2 decent players and Wood for 3 months of Beltran was NOT a bad deal. Get a clue and know why players are traded at the deadline. Hmm, one sandwich pick or 2 players that CAN play at the major league level. Doesn’t take a genious to figure that out….or maybe it does.

  39. Spencer Kyte says:

    Wow… apparently Jeff has some hostility issues he needs to work out. That aside, I’ll still tackle his points and add some of my own.

    I agree completely that getting quality players over a crapshoot draft pick is always a smarter decision and know that Beltran wanted nothing to do with KC had they have kept him in the fold.

    My selection of Baird, as noted, is not solely on the Beltran deal. The Johnny Damon deal sucked, trading Dye for a guy everyone is demanding be on this team (NEIFI) and signing the brittle Juan Gon add to the mix…

    I LOVE Teahen and think he’s the next KC guy to outgrow their financial options. If John Buck is such a quality major leaguer, why did KC feel the need to bring in Jason LaRue this year? Because Buck has underperformed ever since he got to town…

  40. Jeff says:

    Jason LaRue was brought in to do exactly what he has done – push John Buck. It has worked out extremely well.

    Yeah, maybe I over reacted, but I am a Baird fan. I think he has done a pretty decent job for what he had to work with. I was following what a few of the post had regarded to.

    Juan Gone was a chance he had to take. You never know.(throw in Cleveland’s GM too, he signed JG AFTER the Royals had) Baird had some success with throw away players before like Raul Ibanez, Jason Grimsely and Emil Brown to name a few. Every single GM has some bad apples in the mix. That’s just baseball. I think the only reason Baird had/has such a negativity around him was because of the team that he had control(and I use that word VERY loosly) of.

  41. Michael Bache says:

    Where is Bob “round tripper” Kipper? Pittsburgh could field an entire team, but he was the absolute worst pitcher that actually lasted a few years. Dale Berra is another Pirate candidate, but I guess he couldn’t beat out Belliard.

  42. Spencer Kyte says:

    I agree that Mark Shapiro in Cleveland deserves even more mocking than Baird for his Gonzo signing and agree LaRue has done his job in pushing Buck. Whether Buck keeps it up is yet to be seen.

    Ultimately, every GM has a few outs when it comes to why they do poorly and each of them do have guys that they miss on. Hell, JP Ricciardi brought in Luke Prokopec for Paul Quantrill and I still think he’s a pretty good GM. I think you’re exactly right that Baird is stigmatized for the team he was running, just as Chuck LaMarr was in Tampa even though he stole Kazmir from the Mets.

    It becomes worst for a guy like Baird when other small market teams are managed exceptionally well like Oakland and Minnesota, Toronto does okay with similar funding (until recently expanding the payroll) and so on.

    The only final piece I have is that he’s probably the guy who convinced Theo to toss all that money at DL Drew! (Man it feels good to say that…)

  43. cardsrul says:

    I would have to nominate Dal Maxvill as the worst shortstop ever. Over his 14 year career, he hit a “robust” .217, and in 3 World Series, was a combined 7-61, including a 0-22 showing in 1968. As far as GM, there’s a reason that Steve Phillips is a former GM, right?

  44. BrewCrew07 says:

    At least an honorable mention for worst GM of all time has to be Sal Bando. He single-handedly built all the teams in the 90s that made the Brewers a laughingstock of the league. He was noted for his skill at finding talent at all levels of the organization and trading it to other teams, usually for their least desirable players.

  45. Shawn says:

    one question John rocker where is he?

  46. Vince says:

    I think Ed Wade should be the GM. From giving Pat Burrell an outrageous deal with a no-trade clause to the off-season where he acquired Billy Wagner, Jim Thome, and Kevin Millwood and didn’t make the playoffs. Getting nothing for Shilling. Giving Johnny Estrada to the braves without and adequete replacement.

    John Rocker had a bunch of great years closing for the braves, a playoff team. His era was really good in the ’99 playoffs. There’s been far worse than rocker.

  47. Chris says:

    Going back before your 1983 starting point for a few deserving blasts from the past: 2B- Pedro Garcia. Impressive rookie season with the Brewers, then struggled to hit .200 the rest of his career as a journeyman. Way worse player than Ripken. OF- Pepe Mangual, similar story but the Expos were smart enough to foist him off to the Mets for everyday players Wayne Garrett and Del Unser (painful memory for a Mets fan). P- Mark Lemongello, best known as brother of lounge singer Peter Lemongello whose “Love ’76” album was relentlessly offered via a late night TV commercial. Look up his stats to verify his creds as one of the worst ever.

    Parent as catcher is a great call. Jeltz is way worse than Sveum in my book.

    Great article, very thought provoking!

  48. Patrick says:

    Including Billy Ripken on the list is ridiculous. A throw-back player: fantastic glove, great base-runner, knew how to handle a bat for bunts, hit-and-run plays, etc. Although he hit ninth in the order for good reason, he did hit .280 one year.

    Who cares who his brother was? Maybe that helped him get in the bigs, it didn’t keep him there. Cal’s control in Baltimore wasn’t that all-powerful. The O’s fired his Dad as manager after two weeks, for goodness’ sake.

    You can find a lot worse at second…wheres’s Steve Sax?

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