Two Cubs Make The "Alvin Davis All-Star Team"

If you don't have a sympathetic (or unsympathetic) Cubs fan to talk to every so often you might not realize just how poor a season Aramis Ramirez has been having. But at the Hardball Times he and Derrek Lee have made the 2010 Alvin Davis All-Star Team, named in honor of the Mariners' first baseman who didn't have an aging curve so much as an aging cliff. 

↵
↵

From 2004-09, he was very consistent, posting an OPS+ of 126 to 138 every year, with a batting average somewhere around .300 (or higher) and displaying quality power.

↵

This year . ... he's just sucked. His batting average is barely half of last year's mark, and his power is also far below his typical standards.

↵

He's been on the DL for a while with a thumb injury, and for that reason arguably doesn't belong on this team. However, given how massively he's fallen this year, it's hard leaving him off. Is a hurt thumb really all it takes to have his OPS+ fall by almost 100 points from last year's mark? It's not like this is the first time he's been injured.

↵
↵

It's worse than that—Ramirez's season is worse than Brendan Ryan's has been, and if he were qualified for the batting title it would be the worst season by OPS+ of any full-time player.

↵

Lee's struggles seem more cyclical—he's coming off the second-best season of his career, and he's at least hitting like a bad first baseman, instead of a good pitcher. 

↵

This is what happens to a 33-44 team: bad luck, inexplicable aging, and two starting positions on the wrong all-star team. 

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.