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June 9, 2005
BASEBALL: Unsteady Eddie

Eric McErlain looks back at the failings of Ed Kranepool.

If I think about it, I'm sure I can come up with some worse major league hitters than Kevin Hench's list. For example, shortstop Enzo Hernandez had an OPS+ of 61 in 1971, compared to 53 for Rey Ordonez in 1998 and 37 for the legendary John Gochnauer in 1902. And for bad-hitting pitchers, I'm not sure Al Leiter tops Bob Buhl's 1962 season, when he went 0-for-70, although Buhl did draw 6 walks.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:34 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

We always liked Eddie K. because he lived in White Plains at one point.

Now, Enzo Hernandez had one thing going for him that the stats can't measure. The SD public address announcer had a memorable way of announcing him -- his number and first name spoken rapid-fire, followed by a pause and an emphasized last name: "NumberelevenENzo! . . . Her-NAN-dez!"

Posted by: Attila at June 9, 2005 9:35 AM

what were rey oyler's numbers at shortstop for the Tigers in '68? As I recall he hit .135 but played in more than 100 games. Mayo Smith moved Mickey Stanley from CF to SS during the series to compensate.

Posted by: bstraub at June 9, 2005 5:49 PM

Oyler's OPS that year was 20. Freakin' 20!

Posted by: Chris at June 9, 2005 7:18 PM
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