Come Back, Nate Schierholtz

Outfielder Nate Schierholtz was a throw-in when the Phillies traded Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants last July. Catching prospect Tommy Joseph and pitching prospect Seth Rosin were the real prizes. Schierholtz’s 73 plate appearances with the Phillies in August and September were underwhelming as well, reinforcing the indifference, as the lefty posted a .273/.319/.379 line with one home run while missing a few weeks with a broken toe.

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Today in Dubious Achievements

Between the beginning of the current millennium through 2012, 24 players have met the plate appearance minimum to qualify for the batting title, and finished a season with an on-base percentage greater than their slugging percentage, with an OBP of .350 or worse. It’s a true mark of offensive ineptness.

Presently, nine players thus far in the 2013 season have taken enough trips to the plate to qualify for the OBP > SLG club. Five of them either are on the Phillies or have been in the recent past. Two are on the club now: Michael Young and Ben Revere; the others are Juan Pierre, Greg Dobbs, and Placido Polanco — all Marlins. Unsurprisingly, the Marlins have the worst runs per game average in baseball (2.71) and the Phillies are third-worst (3.49).

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