Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Worst Offensive Seasons Since 1952 for the Tribe Measured by VORP

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 12:30 PM

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VORP. Value Over Replacement Player. Usually, hopefully, that's a positive number in the stat column next to a player. Of course, a player can be such a sucking wound on offense that his VORP is negative, meaning he is quite literally taking runs away with his feeble swings.

Inspired by the Sports Guy's latest mailbag where he listed the five highest negative VORP's across the league for 2008, here's the worst of the worst that have worn an Indians uniform and made at least 250 PA (since 1952, since that's when Baseball Prospectus quit spitting numbers out for me) and their corresponding, humiliating, negative VORP numbers.

1. Brandon Philips, 2003, -21.9
2. Chris James, 1991, -16.9
3. Einar Diaz, 2002, -16.3
4. Del Unser, 1972, -15.7
5. Bubba Phillips, 1960, -15.5
6. Willie Kirkland, 1962, -15.6
7. Josh Barfield, 2007, -15.1
8. Cory Snyder, 1989, -14.3
9. Chris Macruder, 2002, -13
10. Jim Busby, 1956, -12.7
11. Andy Marte, 2008, -12.5
12. Tom Veryzer, 1979, -12.2
13. Junior Ortiz, 1993, -12.1
14. Jerry Browne, 1991, -12.1
15. Sandy Alomar, 1998, -11.3
16. Jose Hernandez, 2005, -10.5
17. Alex Johnson, 1972, -10.3
18. Rusty Torres, 1973, -10.3
19. Tony Bernazard, 1984, -10.2

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