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I'm not talking about a frustrating player that has loads of talent but isn't living up to it. I'm talking about the players that you wonder why they're up at the major league level to begin with. The kind of player where not only you laugh at how bad they are but you kind of feel sorry for him.
Stubbs sucked in alot of ways but his sucktitude doesn't qualify for the question above.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard
I'm gathering from the conversation so far that the true "bad ballplayer" has to have absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. One-dimensional contributors don't qualify in that sense, since they do have that one thing they can give the team. Exhibit A is Juan Castro -- who doesn't make the list since he he did have one redeeming quality: that famous sure-handedness.
Anyway, here's a list of names for your consideration (hat tip to this site):
Wily Mo Pena
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
Attended 1976 World Series in my Mother's Womb. Attended 1990 World Series Game 2 as a 13 year old. Want to take my son to a a World Series Game in Cincinnati in my lifetime.
Marv Throneberry was the worst player on the worst team of all time (62 Mets).
Pray for Rain.
Oh, and Tommy Lasorda had a 6.48 ERA over three seasons. It doesn't get much worse than that.
Pray for Rain.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Drew Stubbs. haha just kidding but what about Pete Rose Jr.? Nothing close to his father but they did manage to have a combined 4,258 hits.
"Losing feels worse than winning feels good." -Vin Scully
This site came up with nice list, IMO. Even some 19th century guys.
Plus some guys I remember, like Jesus Alou, Ken Reitz, Craig Paquette, Dan Meyer and Doug Flynn. I don't remember them being that bad, but apparently they were.
Kevin Jarvis pitched terribly for 10 teams in 12 years, starting with our REDs.
Lifetime 6.03 ERA. WAR -5.4.
Dude was bad.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
Enzo Hernandez. He was the starting SS for the 1971 Padres and batted leadoff most of the season. He came to bat over 500 times and had 12 RBI and an OBP 0f .295.
I think Paul Householder and Brad Komminsk were really twins. They were just so much alike it was scary.
The Reds brought up a relief pitcher a few years ago IIRC was named Booker. He was just terrible. But you could that about a bunch of Reds pitchers in the 2000's.
Reds Fan Since 1971