December 17, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 2 comments

In reading the woes of the Lions fans in yesterday's thread, it got me musing about how one might statistically analyze which teams did the least while having Hall of Fame caliber players (e.g. Barry Sanders). No answers here, just throwing it out to the crowd.

posted by kokaku at 01:41 PM on December 17

I don't think any team will come anywhere close to the failure than the 1998 Seattle Mariners did.

The roster started the season with:

Alex Rodriguez - obvious 1st-ballot HOF calibre player
Ken Griffey Jr. - obvious 1st-ballot HOF calibre player
Edgar Martinez - HOF calibre player
Randy Johnson - obvious 1st-ballot HOF calibre player

Throw in HOVG players like Jamie Moyer (halfway through his career) and Jay Buhner (a solid slugger), and it's a shame they didn't get anywhere.

Side note: Rodriguez, Griffey, and Johnson were gone, and Buhner was broken down when they had their greatest season ever (116 wins). In their place they had Bret Boone, Mike Cameron, John Olerud, and some weird Japanese guy...

posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on December 17

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