St. Louis Cardinals: 30 worst players in team history

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Oct 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; A general view as the Budweiser clydesdales parade around the field before game one of the National League Championship Series baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

#7 Possum Whitted OF

Mr. Possum played in parts of three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, playing in 155 games with the team from 1912-1914. During that time this great named fellow had a slash of .218/.276/.318 with a wRC+ of 56. This led to his terrible fWAR of -1.2, that is largely due to his offense during his career as a Cardinal.

During his time, Possum had an offensive value of just -28.4 runs above average. While this may not be at the level of some others on this list, one has to put this in the context of 155 games. Had he stuck with the Cardinals and continued this pace of play (he didn’t), we would have seen an incredibly bad value.

Possum (yea I am sticking with this awesome first name) wasn’t very good defensively either, as he finished with a -0.7 defensive runs above average. He simply didn’t have much to offer for his career as a Cardinal, and that meant he was bad on the base paths as well, having -1.1 base running runs above average.

The one silver lining for this man named Possum, was that he had a .245 BABIP, making his offensive numbers a little underrated, especially considering he got much better after leaving St. Louis. However, Possum was not good while he was with the St. Louis Cardinals and that is all that matters with this list.

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