So with that in mind, here is the standard intro:
As for all the positions: the explanation of why I chose to look at seasons since 1920 can be found here. The short story is I wanted to avoid the low-power years of the deadball era while compiling lists of poor-hitting position players.
Qualifiers also remain the same: the player must have qualified for the batting title during the season while playing 75% or more of his games in left field.
|Maurice Van Robay||1942||PIT||362||.232||.298||.311||.609|
My first impression is that Vince Coleman shows up a heck of a lot. Four times in the top twenty and five times in the top twenty-five makes him the Aurelio Rodriguez of this list. Coleman had a bunch of speed, so it's interesting to think how many bases he would have stolen if only he'd gotten on base at even an average rate (not to mention avoided tarps...too soon?)
Coleman's career OPS was .669 - only twenty-eight qualifying seasons by left fielders featured an OPS below that (and, as mentioned, Coleman had five of those). As it is, an OPS under .700 has been turned in only sixty-five times. Five of those have taken place since 2000:
- Roger Cedeno, 2002, .664
- Carl Crawford, 2003, .671
- Rickey Henderson, 2000, .673
- Scott Podsednik, 2006, .683
- Chuck Knoblauch, 2001, .690