Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How Uggla was it?

I don't know how many of you made it to 1:40 am this morning to see the end of another American League victory, but I am sure you heard about Dan Uggla and his embarrassing performance. ESPN is running best All-Star performances this morning, but I was hoping to see the worst All-Star performances compared to Uggla. Rather than wait for someone else to do it, I came up with my top 5 worst performances by pitchers and position players.


#5 - 2004 - Roger Clemens - 1 IP 5 Hits 6 Runs 3 ER 0 BB 2 K's and the loss. Rocket got lit up in the 1st inning, giving up homers to Alfonso Soriano and Manny Ramirez. Insert HGH/Debby Clemens joke here.

#4 - 1969 - Blue Moon Odom - 0.1 IP 5 Hits 5 Runs 4 ER 0 BB 0 K's. Odom entered the game for Mel Stottlemyre in the 3rd down 3-1 and made it 8-1 in a hurry. Players who collected hits off Odom? Aaron, McCovey (HR), Bench, and Millan. Topping off Blue Moon's embarrassment, the last batter he faced was Steve Carlton - who doubled.

#3 - 1954 - Sandy Consuegra - 0.1 IP 5 Hits 5 Runs 5 ER 0 BB 0 K's. The AL had roughed up Robin Roberts for 4 runs and held a 4-0 lead behind Whitey Ford when Consuegra took over in the 4th. After getting Alvin Dark to fly out, Sandy then surrendered 4 straight singles followed by a Jackie Robinson double.

#2 - 1992 - Tom Glavine - 1.2 IP 9 Hits 5 Runs 5 ER 0 BB 2 K's and the loss. Tommy started off OK, getting Roberto Alomar to start the game. However, he then gave up 7 straight singles before getting opposing starting pitcher Kevin Brown to strikeout. Glavine was bailed out by Tony Gwynn, who threw Cal Ripken out at 2nd for out #2. For some reason, Glavine was sent back to the mound for the 2nd, but was finally pulled after allowing hits to Alomar and Joe Carter.

#1 - 1983 - Atlee Hammaker - 0.2 IP 6 Hits 7 Runs 7 ER 1 BB 0 K's. The AL led 2-1 when Hammaker replaced Mario Soto in the 3rd. The game was soon over after Jim Rice led off the inning with a homer, followed by 4 more hits and an intentional walk. Fred Lynn then hit his famous Grand Slam which mercifully ended Atlee's day.


#5 - 1967 - Tie-Tony Conigliaro/Harmon Killebrew - Both went 0-6 with a pair of strikeouts as the AL lost 2-1 in 15 innings. The pair played the entire game hitting in the 4 and 5 spots in the order with Juan Marichal, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Gibson and Tom Seaver doing most of the damage.

#4 - 1963 - Bobby Richardson - A notoriously bad All-Star game hitter (.091 career), the 1963 game was Bobby's worst. Just 3 years after his WS MVP, Richardson went 0-2 by hitting into 2 double plays and making an error at second. He would go on to win the gold glove this year.

#3 - 1941 - Pete Reiser - Our 3rd worst performance coincides with one of the best, Ted Williams 4 RBI/Walk off homer game. Reiser started the game in CF, batting 3rd, but ended up going 0-4 with 2 K's and grounded into a double play. His errors in center led to runs in the 6th and 8th, allowing Williams homer in the 9th to be the game-winner.
#2 - 1961 - Ken Boyer - Kenny entered the '61 game in the 5th inning and started with strikeouts in the 5th and 7th inning. Then, with the NL leading 3-1 in the top of the 9th, a Stu Miller balk put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Rocky Calavito then smacked a ball to third that Boyer misplayed, allowing the tying run to score. In the bottom of the 9th, with the score now 3-3, Boyer draws a 2 out walk but is picked off. On to the top of the 10th - it can't get worse, right? Well, another Boyer error allows Nellie Fox to score what turns out to be the winning run. AL wins 4-3, Boyer is the goat.

#1 - 2008 - Dan Uggla - It was pretty brutal last night. Uggla went 0-4 with 3 K's and grounded into a double play. He made errors on back-to-back plays in the bottom of the 9th in a tie game. Uggla also tried to give the AL a run in the 13th with a 3rd error and left 6 runners on base, including 1st and 3rd one out in the 10th and a bases loaded K in the 12th. Uggla's miscues gave the AL ample time to come up with a run, which they finally did in the 15th to extend the AL's unbeaten streak to 12 games.

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