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Corey Patterson is awful

Posted by Andy on July 30, 2008

The last time I ripped a player, it caused a bit of a firestorm. Somehow I think I'll get less resistance this time.

Let me start off by saying that I have no reason to believe that Patterson is anything but a lovely human being, no reason to believe he used or uses performance enhancing drugs, and that I fully recognize that he has more baseball ability in his pinky than I have in my entire body.

But this guy is a bad baseball player and I don't understand why any team plays him.

So far this year, lowest batting averages among players with at least 200 AB:

  Cnt Player              **BA**   AB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS  OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+---------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Corey Patterson      .183   208 2008  28 CIN NL  82 221  28  38  9  1  6  16   8   0  27   1   3   1   1  10  5  .216  .322  .538 *8        
    2 Eric Byrnes          .209   206 2008  32 ARI NL  52 224  28  43 13  1  6  23  16   0  36   2   0   0   5   4  4  .272  .369  .641 *7/8      
    3 Kenji Johjima        .209   268 2008  32 SEA AL  78 287  17  56 12  0  3  23  10   0  25   6   1   2   8   2  0  .252  .287  .539 *2/D      
    4 Austin Kearns        .211   227 2008  28 WSN NL  62 261  25  48  8  0  5  27  27   0  43   6   0   1   7   1  2  .310  .313  .623 *9        
    5 Carlos Ruiz          .211   213 2008  29 PHI NL  75 245  29  45  8  0  2  21  26   5  30   4   2   0  11   1  1  .309  .277  .586 *2        
    6 Paul Konerko         .213   291 2008  32 CHW AL  78 335  33  62 11  1  9  35  37   2  58   5   0   2  12   1  0  .310  .351  .661 *3/D      
    7 Khalil Greene        .215   386 2008  28 SDP NL 104 420  30  83 15  2 10  35  22   1  99   5   0   7   6   5  1  .262  .342  .604 *6        
    8 Jason Varitek        .215   288 2008  36 BOS AL  87 324  21  62 16  0  8  31  32   1  82   3   0   1  10   0  0  .299  .354  .653 *2        
    9 Franklin Gutierre    .216   245 2008  25 CLE AL  85 264  29  53 14  2  4  20  11   1  57   4   4   0   4   4  2  .262  .339  .601 *9/87D    
   10 Gary Sheffield       .218   238 2008  39 DET AL  66 276  28  52 12  0  8  28  34   0  53   3   0   1  11   6  1  .322  .370  .692 *D/7      

And how about lowest OBP for the same criterion:

 Cnt Player             **OBP**   AB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   SLG   OPS  Positions
 ----+-----------------+---------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+--------- 
    1 Corey Patterson      .216   208 2008  28 CIN NL  82 221  28  38  9  1  6  16   8   0  27   1   3   1   1  10  5  .183  .322  .538 *8        
    2 Kenji Johjima        .252   268 2008  32 SEA AL  78 287  17  56 12  0  3  23  10   0  25   6   1   2   8   2  0  .209  .287  .539 *2/D      
    3 Franklin Gutierre    .262   245 2008  25 CLE AL  85 264  29  53 14  2  4  20  11   1  57   4   4   0   4   4  2  .216  .339  .601 *9/87D    
    4 Khalil Greene        .262   386 2008  28 SDP NL 104 420  30  83 15  2 10  35  22   1  99   5   0   7   6   5  1  .215  .342  .604 *6        
    5 Mike Lamb            .263   219 2008  32 MIN AL  70 240  18  50 10  2  1  28  13   3  29   0   0   8   3   0  1  .228  .306  .569 *5/D3     
    6 Freddy Sanchez       .267   399 2008  30 PIT NL  98 426  47  97 16  0  7  42  12   0  50   3   6   6  10   0  1  .243  .336  .603 *4/D      
    7 Yuniesky Betancou    .267   365 2008  26 SEA AL 101 378  36  93 23  2  3  30   6   0  22   1   3   3  12   2  2  .255  .353  .620 *6        
    8 Jose Vidro           .269   292 2008  33 SEA AL  80 314  27  66 11  0  7  45  18   2  36   0   2   2   4   1  1  .226  .336  .605 *D/3      
    9 Eric Byrnes          .272   206 2008  32 ARI NL  52 224  28  43 13  1  6  23  16   0  36   2   0   0   5   4  4  .209  .369  .641 *7/8      
   10 Miguel Olivo         .276   207 2008  29 KCR AL  58 217  18  51 15  0  9  29   7   2  56   2   0   1   4   2  0  .246  .449  .725 *2D       

Whoa! Nice lead for Patterson there. I'd say he's got it locked up.

This is a guy who was paid $9.9 million over the last 3 years. That's about average, but Patterson's not even close to being an average player. On his main page, his defensive stats suggest that he is a slightly below-average defender. Taken on the whole, all of this suggests that he must be one of the very worst full-time players in the majors. Why not cut him loose?

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13 Responses to “Corey Patterson is awful”

  1. Don't you know, Cory Patterson has high levels of Veteranicity, Historicity, and Mentorocity! ;)

    -m

  2. He doesn't have historicity because he was never a star player, but I certainly like those definitions!

  3. vincent75 Says:

    dont we excuse players like johjima who are catchers? no one ever complained that jim sundberg hit .199 and had an ops of 55(!) in 1975. well, maybe they did but i didnt have espn.com back then.

  4. Johnny Twisto Says:

    He gets played because every once in a while he shows the promise of more and he's still not yet 29 years old. I also think he's generally considered an above-average center fielder. (It's pretty difficult to assess defense from raw #s, but his raw #s look OK to me.) Granted, this season he's hit horribly, but presumably he's not really this bad. And if the Reds thought he was good enough to open the season, it would have been silly to give up on him just because he had a bad start. He's not starting anymore anyway.

  5. theygotmeplace Says:

    How about because Korey's manager says things like this when Korey is in a 1-28 slump -

    “Really? I did not know that. He hasn’t been striking out a lot so a long stretch of no hits is not as noticeable as when a guy piles up the strikeouts.”

    Gee thanks Dusty.

  6. Andy, HOW DARE YOU DISRESPECT COREY PATTERSON!?!?!?

    Anyway, I agree with your sentiments, but I'll play devil's advocate. He's an exciting player, and while he may make some routine errors, he does make momentum changing plays in the field. He also scores a lot of runs (certainly an above average number), steals a lot of bases, and has a bit of pop. His OBP is pretty abysmal, though, and it's pretty hard to argue that someone hitting .183 with EIGHT (8) walks should be in the starting line-up, even on a hopeless team.

  7. you are being much too easy on Patterson here. So he's the worst this season?
    Look at how his numbers compare historically (too bad I could search for adjusted OBP)

    Here are the worst OBP for outfielders in the history of baseball with at least 200 PA
    **OBP** PA Player Year
    0.155 206 Redleg Snyder 1876
    0.197 427 Jim Lillie 1886
    0.198 313 Stump Wiedman 1884
    0.198 263 Charlie Waitt 1882
    0.199 222 Sam Bowens 1965
    0.199 281 Eddie Booth 1875
    0.201 274 Adonis Terry 1885
    0.201 234 Sadie Houck 1880
    0.204 274 George Strief 1879
    0.206 267 Kid Butler 1884
    0.206 267 Count Gedney 1875
    0.207 305 Ed Crane 1886
    0.208 264 Sam Moffett 1884
    0.214 472 John Cahill 1886
    0.214 257 Fred Treacey 1876
    0.215 247 Dave Eggler 1884
    0.216 221 Corey Patterson 2008
    0.216 417 Mike Slattery 1884
    0.217 314 Ed Greer 1886
    0.217 217 Mike Golden 1878

    note the number of players pre-1900
    how about the last 50 years?
    **OBP** PA Player Year
    0.199 222 Sam Bowens 1965
    0.216 221 Corey Patterson 2008
    0.221 243 Kenny Williams 1988
    0.225 205 Bob Dernier 1989
    0.226 239 Bill Robinson 1969
    0.226 237 Jay Johnstone 1967
    0.229 206 Ted Ford 1971
    0.23 228 Andy Kosco 1970
    0.236 230 Shawn Abner 1991
    0.236 214 Jim Eisenreich 1988

  8. spartanbill Says:

    Andy----

    You ripped into Garret Anferson on July 19, since then he has hit .378 and slugged .574. Can we expect a similar "SOTD-bump" from Patterson?

  9. At one point in there, Anderson was batting 1000 with a slugging percentage of 4000. Cherry-picking examples doesn't prove anything.

  10. I'm sure spartanbill was just being funny and ironic.

  11. spartanbill Says:

    Actually, I was just aiming for ironic thanks.

    I might as well point out that he has already moved up one spot on the Reds ACTIVE all-time HR list since yesterday.

  12. guffaw!

  13. In the past his SB totals have been good, but this year he has only 10, with 5 CS, for no net gain to the team (at best). A bad year all around.