With the season finally over we can look back at some of the worst performances of the year. Bad Wax is going to round out it’s choices for the worst performances of the season by issuing the first ever 2011 Bad Wax Futility Awards. Hosted of course by one of the least valuable pitchers of all time:
Least Valuable Hitter (AL):
Adam Dunn – He did it, he really did it, batted below the 0.160 line! He was even held him out the last two games so that he wouldn’t reach 500 at bats and qualify for the batting title. So the lowest qualified batting average still belongs to Rob Deer at 0.171, but Big (pile of) Donkey (shit) should truly own that distinction. Used to be a 0.260/40/100 guy, this year he had more strikeouts than hits (ouch!)
Least Valuable Hitter (NL):
Casey McGehee – I for one thought that this guy was going to be a staple in the Brewer lineup for years to come, not only did he have a terrible batting average (0.223) but a terrible power year (13 homers) and with only 103 strikeouts, he was a GO/FO guarantee some nights.
Anthony Young Award to Least Valuable Pitcher (AL):
Brad Penny – This was actually a tough choice between Carmona, Duesing, and Francis and even though Penny had an 11-11 record his ERA of 5.30 and a WHIP of 1.56 were atrocious and he easily could have been a 6-19 pitcher on a bad team. The fact he had a solid lineup behind him helped his record tremendously.
Anthony Young Award to Least Valuable Pitcher (NL):
Derek Lowe – I had this between Lowe and Arroyo and had to give the nod to Derek. At least with Arroyo you know what you are getting and he only lost 12 games. Lowe on the other hand was supposed to be a key cog in the Braves pitching staff this year and had statistically the worst season of any starter with over 28 starts. His 1.51 WHIP is the second worst, and his 5.05 ERA was second worst as well. It was the 17 loses on a solid Braves team that through him over the top!
I hope you liked this list as it’s something that I think I will continually do as all seasons progress. If you have more nominations or someone you think I omitted let me know.
Share your thoughts on some of the worst of the season!