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Lowest SLG with 450+ ABs, last 20 years

Posted by Andy on September 22, 2007

Yesterday I was talking to a friend about the trade between Minnesota and Philadelphia that saw them swap Eric Milton for Carlos Silva and Nick Punto. That was a pretty bad trade for Philly, and I added that Punto has been an effective player for the Twins. I might have spoken to soon on that, though. While he had a pretty good season in 2006, his numbers this year are verging on historically terrible.

Here are the seasons with the lowest slugging percentage in the last 20 years for players with at least 450 at bats:

 Cnt Player             **SLG**   AB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+---------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Alfredo Griffin      .254   461 1990  32 LAD NL 141 502  38  97 11  3  1  35  29  11  65   2   6   4   5   6  3  .210  .258  .512 *6
    2 Billy Ripken         .258   512 1988  23 BAL AL 150 559  52 106 18  1  2  34  33   0  63   5   6   3  14   8  2  .207  .260  .518 *4/5
    3 Felix Fermin         .260   484 1989  25 CLE AL 156 562  50 115  9  1  0  21  41   0  27   4  32   1  15   6  4  .238  .302  .562 *6/4
    4 Nick Punto           .269   450 2007  29 MIN AL 143 512  51  95 17  3  1  23  54   1  81   0   5   3   7  16  6  .211  .294  .563 *564
    5 Jose Lind            .269   468 1992  28 PIT NL 135 506  38 110 14  1  0  39  26  12  29   1   7   4  14   3  1  .235  .275  .544 *4
    6 Gerald Young         .276   533 1989  24 HOU NL 146 620  71 124 17  3  0  38  74   4  60   2   6   5   7  34 25  .233  .326  .602 *8
    7 Gary Pettis          .277   458 1988  30 DET AL 129 512  65  96 14  4  3  36  47   0  85   1   6   0   3  44 10  .210  .285  .562 *8
    8 Jose Uribe           .280   453 1989  30 SFG NL 151 497  34 100 12  6  1  30  34  12  74   0   6   4   7   6  6  .221  .273  .553 *6
    9 Jose Lind            .289   578 1989  25 PIT NL 153 637  52 134 21  3  2  48  39   7  64   2  13   5  13  15  1  .232  .280  .569 *4
   10 Omar Vizquel         .291   491 2007  40 SFG NL 137 551  49 116 17  2  2  41  42   6  48   1  14   3  12  14  6  .236  .296  .587 *6
   11 Brad Ausmus          .291   450 2003  34 HOU NL 143 509  43 103 12  2  4  47  46   1  66   4   4   5   8   5  3  .229  .303  .594 *2
   12 Rafael Santana       .294   480 1988  30 NYY AL 148 521  50 115 12  1  4  38  33   0  61   1   5   2  17   1  2  .240  .289  .583 *6
   13 Mike Caruso          .297   529 1999  22 CHW AL 136 564  60 132 11  4  2  35  20   0  36   3  11   1   6  12 14  .250  .280  .577 *6
   14 Jody Reed            .297   495 1996  33 SDP NL 146 568  45 121 20  0  2  49  59   8  53   3   5   6  15   2  5  .244  .325  .622 *4
   15 Darren Lewis         .297   472 1995  27 TOT NL 132 527  66 118 13  3  1  24  34   0  57   8  12   1   9  32 18  .250  .311  .608 *8
   16 Eric Yelding         .297   511 1990  25 HOU NL 142 559  69 130  9  5  1  28  39   1  87   0   4   5  11  64 25  .254  .305  .602 *8674/95
   17 Delino DeShields     .298   581 1996  27 LAD NL 154 642  75 130 12  8  5  41  53   7 124   1   2   5  12  48 11  .224  .288  .586 *4
   18 Omar Vizquel         .298   560 1993  26 SEA AL 158 630  68 143 14  2  2  31  50   2  71   4  13   3   7  12 14  .255  .319  .617 *6
   19 Rey Ordonez          .299   505 1998  26 NYM NL 153 548  46 124 20  2  1  42  23   7  60   1  15   4  11   3  6  .246  .278  .577 *6
   20 Brian Hunter         .301   539 1999  28 TOT AL 139 589  79 125 13  6  4  34  37   0  91   2   4   7   8  44  8  .232  .280  .581 *78

Punto comes in at #4, without much chance of moving any higher on this list given how little of the season remains. His .563 OPS is also remarkably low (8th lowest for the same search criteria) and his OPS+ is just 52.

Note that another 2007 season made the list, that of Omar Vizquel. He made #18 in 1993 as well. When Vizquel first came up with Seattle, he had the reputation of being all-field and no-hit, which is proven out by the fact that he posted 4 seasons in his first 5 with an OPS+ under 70. As recently as 2002, he had a league-average OPS, and until this year stayed fairly steady with an average of about 87 OPS+.

Random note of interest: After the 1993 season, Vizquel was traded in part for #3 on this list, Felix Fermin.

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5 Responses to “Lowest SLG with 450+ ABs, last 20 years”

  1. David in Toledo Says:

    This is off the topic of batting, though Vizquel might not have a job next year if he can't bat AT ALL in spring training. In fielding, not only does Omar hold the career % record for shortstops; he also is now within 20 of Luis Aparicio's record for playing the most games in the field at shortstop.

    These are not quite Hall of Fame credentials; they're somewhere between HofF and Bob Boone.

    I love this site and don't mean to be critical, but what would it take to add to the "Leaders" section a "Fielding" subsection that could track how close players like Vizquel, Bonds, and I-Rod are to the career leaders in games played at their positions?

  2. Your request is not at all critical and you shouldn't be shy about making suggestions. You should, however, submit your suggestions through the website's feedback mechanism, as there is no guarantee that Sean reads all these comments and posts...I gather he's pretty busy running the main part of the site :)

  3. My first thought is: Griffin was given 11 IBBs?!?!

  4. Interesting. Griffin had 37 IBB in his career. Here are the 11 from 1990:
    Car# Yr# G# Date Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
    +-----+----+---+-------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
    22 1 1 1990-04-19 LAD HOU Mike Scott tied 1-1 b 2 --3 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
    23 2 1 1990-04-28 LAD CHC Steve Wilson ahead 4-1 b 3 -23 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
    24 3 1 1990-05-19 LAD PHI Roger McDowell tied 12-12 b 9 --3 0 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
    25 4 1 1990-05-24 LAD @CHC Les Lancaster ahead 4-0 t 3 -23 1 - 0 Intentional Walk
    26 5 1 1990-05-31 LAD CIN Jack Armstrong ahead 1-0 b 2 -2- 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
    27 6 1 1990-06-25 LAD @ATL Charlie Leibrand ahead 5-1 t 3 -23 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
    28 7 1 1990-07-18 LAD @STL Jose DeLeon ahead 1-0 t 4 -2- 2 3-0 2 0 Intentional Walk
    29 8 1 1990-08-03 LAD @SFG Randy O'Neal ahead 10-2 t 6 -23 2 - 0 Intentional Walk
    30 9 1 1990-08-25 LAD NYM Sid Fernandez ahead 2-0 b 4 -23 2 3-0 4 0 Intentional Walk
    31 10 1 1990-08-29 LAD @PHI Dennis Cook ahead 3-2 t 6 -23 1 - 0 Intentional Walk
    32 11 1 1990-09-02 LAD @MON Mark Gardner ahead 3-0 t 1 -23 2 - 0 Intentional Walk
    Once you start looking at the box scores, it makes sense. Since Griffin was a poor batter, he batted mainly 8th, and most of the IBBs came with two outs early in the game to get to the pitcher. #3 on that list was in the bottom of the 9th, when the Phillies needed to load the bases to set up for a double play.
    Here's one case where the IBB really didn't work out too well:
    Top of the 6th, Dodgers Batting, Ahead 3-2, Dennis Cook facing 5-6-7
    --- H Brooks Single to CF
    1-- M Scioscia Walk; Brooks to 2B
    O 12- M Sharperson Bunt Groundout: C-2B/Sacrifice; Brooks to 3B; Scioscia to 2B
    -23 A Griffin Intentional Walk
    Mickey Hatcher pinch hits for Fernando Valenzuela batting 9th
    R 123 M Hatcher Single to LF (Ground Ball thru SS-3B Hole); Brooks Scores; Scioscia to 3B; Griffin to 2B
    Darrel Akerfelds replaces Dennis Cook pitching and batting 9th; Juan Samuel pinch hits for Lenny Harris batting 1st
    R 123 J Samuel Reached on E5 (Ground Ball); Scioscia Scores; Griffin to 3B; Hatcher to 2B; Samuel to 1B
    RRRR 123 C Gwynn Home Run (CF-RF); Griffin Scores; Hatcher Scores; Samuel Scores/unER
    --- K Gibson Double (CF-RF)
    Don Carman replaces Darrel Akerfelds pitching and batting 9th
    O -2- E Murray Groundout: 2B-1B; Gibson to 3B
    R --3 H Brooks Double (LF-CF); Gibson Scores/unER
    -2- M Scioscia Hit By Pitch
    R 12- M Sharperson Single to 3B; Brooks Scores/Adv on E5 (throw)/unER; Scioscia to 3B; Sharperson to 2B
    O -23 A Griffin Lineout: CF
    Top of the 6th, Dodgers Batting, Ahead 3-2, Dennis Cook facing 5-6-7
    --- H Brooks Single to CF
    1-- M Scioscia Walk; Brooks to 2B
    O 12- M Sharperson Bunt Groundout: C-2B/Sacrifice; Brooks to 3B; Scioscia to 2B
    -23 A Griffin Intentional Walk
    Mickey Hatcher pinch hits for Fernando Valenzuela batting 9th
    R 123 M Hatcher Single to LF (Ground Ball thru SS-3B Hole); Brooks Scores; Scioscia to 3B; Griffin to 2B
    Darrel Akerfelds replaces Dennis Cook pitching and batting 9th; Juan Samuel pinch hits for Lenny Harris batting 1st
    R 123 J Samuel Reached on E5 (Ground Ball); Scioscia Scores; Griffin to 3B; Hatcher to 2B; Samuel to 1B
    RRRR 123 C Gwynn Home Run (CF-RF); Griffin Scores; Hatcher Scores; Samuel Scores/unER
    --- K Gibson Double (CF-RF)
    Don Carman replaces Darrel Akerfelds pitching and batting 9th
    O -2- E Murray Groundout: 2B-1B; Gibson to 3B
    R --3 H Brooks Double (LF-CF); Gibson Scores/unER
    -2- M Scioscia Hit By Pitch
    R 12- M Sharperson Single to 3B; Brooks Scores/Adv on E5 (throw)/unER; Scioscia to 3B; Sharperson to 2B
    O -23 A Griffin Lineout: CF

  5. Most of those guys got intentionally walked semi-regularly because they were all 8-hole hitters in the NL.