In honor of ESPN asking fans to pick the best players in the history of all 30 franchises, Page 2 is honoring those who weren't so accomplished.
We ran through the worst seasons for each National League franchise earlier in the week, so now we're tackling the American League.
We're giving you three candidates for each team and want you to choose the worst season for each franchise from the past 50 years. We scoured the records beginning in 1959 and came up with what we believe are ...
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.