Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 9/16/13
It’s no secret that analytic types have little regard for the RBI. I decided to see if I could dig up the five worst seasons by a hitter that totaled at least 120 RBI. To measure the quality of a player’s season, I took their OPS+ and compared it to the league average at that position. Of course, several of the players on this list were none too good on the bases or in the field, but I didn’t want to make this just about WAR. Without further ado, here is the list. Honourable Mention: Ryan Howard 2008. By my calculation, this wasn’t the 6th worst season, but given how out of tune Howard’s perceived value was with his actual value, I thought it was worth mentioning. After a season in which the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman hit 48 home runs and drove in 146 runs, Howard finished 2nd in the NL MVP voting despite totaling only 1.7 WAR.  Due to a pedestrian .339 OBP, his OPS+ was only 125, not much better than the average NL first baseman. While Howard performed better with men on b...
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