5.10.2005

The All-Bust Team

Righty said to me the other night, “If I had a 200 million dollar payroll I wouldn’t just get one team to the World Series, I’d get two.” Fair enough. He’s a very smart guy, but most people could assemble a team that would at least contend for a title with that kind of money. It takes true skill to not only put 100 million dollars (100,971,429 to be exact) on the field and win, but you can also create a team that would run away with the worst record in the league based on their stats.

The following nine players earned their way on to the All-Bust team:

C Jason Kendall, OAK at 10,571,429
30 G, 12 R, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 12 SO, 1 SB, .310 OBP, .254 SLG, .219 AVG

1B Jason Giambi, NYY at 13,428,571
27 G, 10 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 18 BB, 29 SO, 0 SB, .386 OBP, .325 SLG, .195 AVG

2B Brett Boone, SEA at 9,000,000
32 G, 12 R, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 21 SO, 2 SB, .282 OBP, .339 SLG, .231 AVG

SS Edgar Renteria, BOS at 8,000,000
30 G, 16 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 10 BB, 16 SO, 2 SB, .299 OBP, .342 SLG, .239 AVG

3B Adrian Beltre, SEA at 11,400,000
33 G, 17 R, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 5 BB, 21 SO, 0 SB, .273 OBP, .356 SLG, .242 AVG

OF Preston Wilson, COL at 12,500,000
21 G, 12 R, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 5 BB, 18 SO, 2 SB, .276 OBP, .425 SLG, .225 AVG

OF Hideki Matsui, NYY at 8,000,000
34 G, 15 R, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 17 BB, 23 SO, 0 SB, .315 OBP, .372 SLG, .233 AVG

OF Bernie Williams, NYY at 12,357,143
29 G, 9 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 11 BB, 15 SO, 1 SB, .308 OBP, .295 SLG, .238 AVG

SP Kevin Brown, NYY at 15,714,286
1-4, 6.39 ERA, 31 IP, 46 H, 22 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 18 SO

And four are Yankees. It reminded me of this article from the Hardball Times, talking about the future of baseball after the Steinbrenner Era. Not a good sign for the Bronx Bombers, but a good one for baseball.

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