St. Louis Cardinals: 30 worst players in team history

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Jun 27, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; A general view of Busch Stadium during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

#14 Wattie Holm 3B/OF

Here we have another bad all around player. A player who during his Cardinals’ career had a -0.1 fWAR. Holm played with the team from 1924-1932, and never really did anything impressive, with his best fWAR total coming in 1927 when he posted a 0.9 fWAR. However, without that season Holm’s total fWAR would have been much less making him an even worse option for this list.

Holm’s career slash was .275/.322/.370, which really isn’t too bad. However, it was Holm’s offensive value that places him on this list. Each year in the big leagues Holm posted negative runs above average offensively giving him a total of -43.1 runs above average.

In addition to that, Holm was one of the few Cardinals to post both negative values defensively and offensively throughout his career, as he was worth -11.6 runs above average on defense throughout his career. Holm did have a decent base running career, as despite his rookie year’s -0.8 base running runs above average, Holm ended up with a 0.7 value to finish his career.

While Holm may not have the worst case among many on here, it’s Holm’s values and career OPS of .692 that place him on this list. Despite this, I am sure Holm was a valuable member of a clubhouse that had the likes of Dizzy Dean and Frankie Frisch in it.

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