Sorry, dudes: Guys you didn't want on your fantasy team
We don't rejoice in the wretchedness of others, but Page 2 does nominate the worst player seasons for each major league franchise.
This month, ESPN is asking fans to pick the best players in the history of all 30 franchises. Here at Page 2, we'll take the opposite approach and have you pick those who were not so accomplished. We can't call it the "worst players," because that's a difficult thing to define. Besides, if a player is that bad, he doesn't stick around very long.
Instead, we'll have you select the worst individual player seasons for each ballclub. We're giving you three candidates for each team and want you ...
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS
An explanation of the statistics used in the piece:
ERA+: The ratio of a league's ERA to that of the pitcher (adjusted for the pitcher's home park. 100 is average; less than 100 is below average.
OPS+: Adjusted OPS; on-base percentage plus slugging average, normalized to the park and the league the player played. 100 is average, less than 100 is below average.
VORP: From Baseball Prospectus, Value Above Replacement Player. The number of runs contributed beyond (or less than) what a replacement-level player would contribute given the same number of plate appearances or innings.