With Halloween coming up on Sunday, we offer you a top ten list of the “scariest” stats from this past baseball season. If you have a fear of such things, we suggest you stop reading now!
10) The worst hitter in baseball playing as a regular last year was Baltimore’s Cesar Izturis with an MLB-low on-base plus slugging (OPS) of .545.
9) The worst pitcher in baseball was Jeremy Bonderman with an ERA of 5.53.
8) The worst fielder was Yuniesky Betancourt. He cost the Royals 21 runs with his poor defense at shortstop.
7) Chad Tracy went 1-for-24 (.042) with 11 strikeouts as a pinch hitter for Florida.
6) Angels’ outfielder Torii Hunter was caught stealing 12 times in 21 attempts, for an MLB-worst 42.9% stolen base percentage.
5) The Ranger’s Vlad Guerrero was thrown out attempting to advance on the bases in non-stolen base situations (for example, trying to go first to third on a single) an MLB-worst 12 times.
4) Ricky Romero, Toronto, threw 18 wild pitches, the highest total in the last five years.
3) Yankee A.J. Burnett hit 19 batters this season, the highest total (tied with two others) in the last six years.
2) Mark Reynolds’ 211 strikeouts was the second highest total ever. Only he himself ever had more, with 223 in 2009.
1) The Royals’ Billy Butler grounded into 32 double plays. No one has hit into more in the past twenty-five years (Jim Rice, 35 in 1985)
“Used with permission from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week®, www.statoftheweek.com.”