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Michael Martinez Is Bad

Posted By Bill Baer On November 20, 2012 @ 8:00 am In MLB,Philadelphia Phillies | 15 Comments

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Back in October, the Phillies took utility infielder Michael Martinez off of their 40-man roster, moving him over to the Triple-A roster. In his two seasons as a Phillie, he posted a .188/.241/.272 triple-slash line — completely abysmal. You may recall Michael Baumann ranting about “Minimart” on one of our podcasts, and he had good reason. Finally, it seems, the Phillies will use him for his intended purpose: organizational filler.

Martinez’s career adjusted OPS (OPS+) of 40 is historically bad. Such futility — an OPS+ of 40 or worse — has only been achieved 24 times dating back to 1901 among players who have accumulated at least 350 plate appearances. Martinez is one of six to have accomplished the feat in this millennium.

Player OPS+ PA From To
Drew Butera 37 531 2010 2012
Michael Martinez 40 356 2011 2012
Brandon Wood 40 751 2007 2011
Kevin Cash 37 714 2002 2010
Donnie Sadler 39 861 1998 2007
Luis Ordaz 36 496 1997 2006
Jeff Schaefer 36 388 1989 1994
Gus Polidor 36 456 1985 1993
Ronn Reynolds 32 381 1982 1990
Houston Jimenez 24 438 1983 1988
Angel Salazar 36 932 1983 1988
Marc Sullivan 33 397 1982 1987
John Vukovich 20 607 1970 1981
Luis Gomez 40 1391 1974 1981
Tommy Dean 37 594 1967 1971
Casey Wise 32 352 1957 1960
Joe Lonnett 37 377 1956 1959
Red Hayworth 40 450 1944 1945
Chile Gomez 38 687 1935 1942
Ed Connolly 25 408 1929 1932
Frank Emmer 39 352 1916 1926
Ben Egan 27 379 1908 1915
Ed Gagnier 39 425 1914 1915
Bill Bergen 21 3228 1901 1911
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/20/2012.

How Martinez managed to stay on the roster beyond 2011, when he was a Rule-5 selection and needed to be protected by remaining on the 25-man, boggles the mind. Let us pray that 2012 is the last we have seen of his futility.


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