Friday, September 30, 2005

Yeah, well, that's not surprising

Jayson Stark brings down the hammer on our favorite shortstop:

National League Least Valuable Player (LVP)
Cristian Guzman, Nationals: Of all last winter's free-agent contracts, has there been a bigger disaster than this guy? Four years, $16.8 million -- and here's what the Nationals have gotten so far, 442 at-bats into Guzman's tenure: a .217 batting average, .258 on-base percentage, .314 slugging percentage, four homers and five steals.

In the last 70 years, only three players have put up numbers that messy in that many at-bats -- Bob Lillis in 1963, Bob Boone in '84 and Hal Lanier twice ('66 and '67). We don't know what it means that all three went on to become managers. But we do know that usually in Washington, when folks are this derelict in their duty, they get impeached. So we hope the Nationals' new owners have some great connections in Congress.

Thanks go to loyal reader JD for the find.

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