This is it. The moment the entire city of Pittsburgh has been waiting for. It's time to reveal the worst Pirates' players at each position over the past 15 years. The decisions were difficult, and I know a number of you had trouble sleeping, trying to decide between all those pathetic outfielders. But we appreciate the time everyone took to fill out the ballot and send these Pirates into the only type of hall they should ever be inducted. Over 900 people voted...their choices are after the jump...
At Firstbase: Randall Simon (294)
Next Closest: Kevin Young (289)
-In the tightest race since the Global M&M Color Vote, and just as vitally important, Randall Simon came back and edged out Kevin Young for the dubious honor of playing first base for the all-shame team. Interesting to note is that LaRoche only received 43 votes, putting him squarley in the middle of the pack, suggesting the fans are willing to give him some more time before calling him a bust.
At Secondbase: Warren Morris (225)
Next Closest: Bobby Hill (205)
-Bobby made a small surge, making up 13 votes only to fall short in the end. Morris probably drew the most fans' ire due to the the great potential he showed in 1999, and then subsequent failure to live up to those expectations. If Bobby was acquired for, let's say, Mark Redman instead of Aramis Ramirez I doubt he would be up this high. Valid reasoning as far as I'm concerned.
At Shortstop: Pat Meares (468)
Next Closest: Mike Benjamin (123)
I could not find a picture of Meares when he was on the Buccos..almost like he never really played...
-In what was decided awhile ago, Pat Meares may be the most hated shortstop in Pirates' history. The huge contract, the sunbathing, the injury, and the sausage racing all combined to make Pat Meares a first-team hall of shamer. But was he the most hated in the past 15 years? We'll find out.
At Thirdbase: Joe Randa (266)
Next Closest: Chris Stynes (251)
-This is the only choice where I honestly disagree with the fans. Randa batted .302 in '97 and a respectable .267 last year. Stynes batted a pathetic Paulino-like .216 in his one year with the team. When you've been subjected to 15 seasons of this, though, who am I to berate you for your choices? But if you were one of those who voted for Randa, please feel free to write in or leave a comment to tell me what about Joe Randa, other than that creepy smirk, made you vote for him.
At Catcher: Benito Santiago (292)
Next Closest: Humberto Cota (172)
-In my opiion, Benito was the mini-Meares of the ballot. Multi-million dollar signing (2.15 million) barely plays due to injury. Not nearly on the same level as Meares, but a similar yet smaller effect on the fanbase. I've long despised Cota and was delighted to see him high on the list.
In the Outfield: Derek Bell (476), Raul Mondesi(375), and Jeromy Burnitz (248)
Next Closest: Chad Hermansen(239), Armando Rios(121), and Tike Redman(107).
-Where to even begin. First off, Beer-nutz with the comeback! I was elated to see that there was a huge push at the end for my least favorite outfielder. You can say I have a short memory, and that Hermansen destroyed a lot more hope in the organization by not panning out, but I guess I have a bias toward those 1-year signings. Another interesting note is that Jason Bay received a relatively high 21 votes, an increase of 13 since the update where he only had 8 votes. It appears this recent slump he's in combined with his often streaky play has him in the doghouse of at least a few people. Or one fan. I just checked, and a voter picked Jason Bay for all three outfield positions. I love it.
Most importantly, and unsurprisingly, Derek Bell has taken home the MHP(Most Hated Player) beating out Pat Meares 476 to 468. This was a lot closer than I imagined, but the sheer amount of outfielders probably took away from Bell's voting power.
Manager: Lloyd McClendon (145) GM: Cam Bonifay (207) Owner: B. Nutting (235)
Next Closest: Jim Tracy (131) Dave Littlefield(154) Kevin McClatchy(203)
-As much as people may not like Skipper Tracy, they still seem to prefer him over Lloyd. We'll see how much longer that lasts. Not surprisingly, Bonifay won the GM Battle. When you sign the two most hated players, you're usually not well liked yourself. And it hasn't taken long for Nutting to replace McClatchy as the center of fans' anger.
Anyway, here are some interesting statistics from the vote:
-Combined Salary of the All-Shames(highest yearly salary each player received with the Pirates was used): $23,865,000
-Warren Morris was the only one to make under a million with a salary of $300,000. Burnitz was the highest priced player at $6 million.
-Andy Van Slyke received the fewest votes at 2
-When the team was assembled on World Series Baseball 2k1 for Dreamcast the team went a respectable 83-79, with the starting pitching the major issue. This is apparently the tool the Pirates' GMs have used to assemble their teams and predict future results.
Thanks again to everyone that voted. We really have had some pathetic and anger inducing players in these 15 years. Surprisingly, I feel like this team would perfrom decently if they were all taken from certain times in their careers. Which is why you can really only point at the management for their choice in signing players on the decline. More updates will be coming on this in a bit as we get feedback or see other interesting stats or trends...please let us know how you feel about the results or if you would like to see more of these type of features in the future.
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