St. Louis Cardinals: 30 worst players in team history

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Mar 6, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; A detail shot of the scoreboard with the pitchers count during a spring training baseball game between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

#4 Chappy Charles 2B/SS

Charles played with the Cardinals in 1908 and part of 1909 before being traded to the Reds during the 1909 season. What makes Charles considerably worse than most is that his -2.0 fWAR as a Cardinal came in less than two seasons of play with the Cardinals. In those two seasons, Charles slashed .218/.270/.264 with a wRC+ of 71.

In his first season in 1908, Charles hit .2o5 and got on base at a .238 clip, only tallying 17 RBI and 39 runs scored. It was in that season that Charles had the most damage done to his fWAR, as he finished the season with -1.1 fWAR that year. For his Cardinals’ career, Charles was worth -26.6 runs above average on offense, with -19.3 of that coming in his 1908 season.

Like many others on this list, Charles didn’t help himself defensively. On defense Charles was worth a combined -20.7 defensive runs above average. Most of that number came from his 1909 season, when Charles was worth -16.3 runs in 99 games with the Cardinals that year.

Despite stealing 22 bases in his 220 games, Charles couldn’t stay above average as a base runner, as he averaged -0.8 base running runs above average as a Cardinal. Unfortunately for Charles, he only wound playing a total of 17 games with the Reds, not appearing in any major league game after May 28, 1910.

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