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Nick Swisher

Posted by Andy on November 13, 2008

Here are the best OPS+ figures for a guy who batted .220 or worse over a full season in the last 20 years:

  Cnt Player            **OPS+**   BA  Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS  OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+--------+-----+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Rob Deer             108    .209 1990  29 MIL AL 134 511 440  57  92 15  1 27  69  64   6 147   4   0   3   0   2  3  .313  .432  .745 *93       
    2 Rob Deer             105    .210 1989  28 MIL AL 130 532 466  72  98 18  2 26  65  60   5 158   4   0   2   8   4  8  .305  .425  .730 *9/D78    
    3 Darrell Evans        104    .208 1988  41 DET AL 144 522 437  48  91  9  0 22  64  84   4  89   1   0   0  14   1  4  .337  .380  .717 *D3       
    4 Mark McGwire         103    .201 1991  27 OAK AL 154 585 483  62  97 22  0 22  75  93   3 116   3   1   5  13   2  1  .330  .383  .713 *3        
    5 Kevin Maas           100    .220 1991  26 NYY AL 148 592 500  69 110 14  1 23  63  83   3 128   4   0   5   4   5  1  .333  .390  .723 *D3       
    6 Nick Swisher          93    .219 2008  27 CHW AL 153 588 497  86 109 21  1 24  69  82   6 135   4   1   4  14   3  3  .332  .410  .742 3879/D    
    7 Phil Plantier         93    .220 1994  25 SDP NL  96 385 341  44  75 21  0 18  41  36   6  91   5   1   2   8   3  1  .302  .440  .742 *7        
    8 Jose Valentin         92    .216 2004  34 CHW AL 125 504 450  73  97 20  3 30  70  43   4 139   3   6   2   5   8  6  .287  .473  .760 *6/D      
    9 Rob Deer              92    .179 1991  30 DET AL 134 539 448  64  80 14  2 25  64  89   1 175   0   0   2   3   1  3  .314  .386  .700 *9/D      
   10 Pat Burrell           90    .209 2003  26 PHI NL 146 599 522  57 109 31  4 21  64  72   2 142   4   0   1  18   0  0  .309  .404  .713 *7/D      
   11 Rob Deer              84    .210 1993  32 TOT AL 128 532 466  66  98 17  1 21  55  58   1 169   5   0   3   6   5  2  .303  .386  .689 *9/D8     
   12 Bill Doran            82    .219 1989  31 HOU NL 142 574 507  65 111 25  2  8  58  59   2  63   2   3   3   8  22  3  .301  .323  .624 *4        
   13 Jeromy Burnitz        80    .215 2002  33 NYM NL 154 550 479  65 103 15  0 19  54  58   5 135  10   1   2  11  10  7  .311  .365  .676 *9/D      
   14 Charles Johnson       79    .218 1998  26 TOT NL 133 506 459  44 100 18  0 19  58  45   1 129   1   0   1  12   0  2  .289  .381  .670 *2        
   15 Devon White           79    .217 1990  27 CAL AL 125 503 443  57  96 17  3 11  44  44   5 116   3  10   3   6  21  6  .290  .343  .633 *8        
   16 Jeff Blauser          73    .211 1995  29 ATL NL 115 504 431  60  91 16  2 12  31  57   2 107  12   2   2   6   8  5  .319  .341  .660 *6        
   17 Dick Schofield        72    .206 1992  29 TOT ML 143 502 423  52  87 18  2  4  36  61   4  82   5  10   3  11  11  4  .311  .286  .597 *6        
   18 Cory Snyder           70    .215 1989  26 CLE AL 132 518 489  49 105 17  0 18  59  23   1 134   2   0   4  11   6  5  .251  .360  .611 *9/6D     
   19 Desi Relaford         69    .215 2000  26 TOT NL 128 502 410  55  88 14  3  5  46  75   7  71  12   3   2  10  13  0  .351  .300  .651 *6        
   20 Ray Durham            65    .218 2007  35 SFG NL 138 528 464  56 101 21  2 11  71  53   6  75   2   0   9  18  10  2  .295  .343  .638 *4        

A few guys on this list - McGwire, Burrell, Johnson among them - had productive seasons after their dismal year. But most of these guys disappeared into nothingness.

Personally, I have no idea what the Yankees were thinking in acquiring Swisher.

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4 Responses to “Nick Swisher”

  1. They were thinking about turning their mediocre bench player and lower level prospects into a versatile player who can play first or outfield while at the same time allocating the money that would have been spent on Teixeira onto their real need: starting pitchers.

  2. David in Toledo Says:

    The comparison to Devon White might be instructive. Both he and Swisher were 27 in the bad year. The next season, White got some MVP votes and he later made two All-Star teams. I imagine the Yankees would be satisfied with that kind of comeback.

  3. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    There are reasons to believe Swisher will bounce back, but White is a pretty dissimilar player.

  4. As a White Sox fan I watched Swisher all season in '08. I was expecting '06 type #s from him simply because he was going to play half his games at the Cell. No dice... I do think he will bounce back (slightly higher BA) IF he gets the PAs. Remember he's a .245 career hitter with decent power (25 or so HRs in a full season?) while drawing a lot of walks.... Eh.... Good clubhouse guy I guess.....