Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

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


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

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation