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The Sub-.600 Club

A friend of mine looked up all the numbers and posted them at another website, but we figured I should share over here as well.

During the soon to be 18 seasons of "The Streak" there have been a ton of awful, awful hitters getting playing time on the Pirates. The real dividing line that separates the worst of the worst seems to be putting up an OPS under .600. We drew the dividing line at 200 plate appearances since it at least starts to be a worthwhile sample at about 1/3 of a full season of playing time. From 1993-2009 eight players have joined the club. The 2010 team is threatening to add significantly to that number.  Here are the members who have already locked in spots:

1993: C Tom Prince .580 OPS in 204 plate appearances

1998: SS/2B Kevin Polcovich .501 OPS in 238 plate appearances. 3B Doug Strange .433 OPS in 201 plate appearances.

1999: SS Abraham Nunez .550 OPS in 301 plate appearances

2001: 2B Pat Meares .548 OPS in 284 plate appearances. SS Jack Wilson .550 OPS in 425 plate appearances

2002: CF Adrian Brown .582 OPS in 232 plate appearances

2008: SS/2B Luis Rivas .578 OPS in 223 plate appearances

Everyone else either managed not to be terrible enough to make it, team decided to dump them before they got to that point, or they arrived too late to get the plate appearances.  Now looking at the 2010 team:

2B Akinori Iwamura put up an OPS of .558 in 193 plate appearances before being sent to AAA.  Can he come back and get his 7 PAs in?

3B Andy LaRoche currently sitting at .601 through 221 plate appearances.  Already has the plate appearances, sitting right on the border with the OPS.  Could go either way.

SS Ronny Cedeno currently sitting at .597 through 257 plate appearances.  Already has the plate appearances, sitting right on the border with the OPS.  Could go either way.

OF Ryan Church currently sitting at ..560 through 167 plate appearances.  No end to his struggles or his playing time in sight.  Looks poised to join the group.

UT Bobby Crosby currently sitting at .622 through 166 plate appearances.  Likely will get the plate appearances, but may keep the OPS high enough.

1B Jeff Clement currently sitting at .560 through 136 plate appearances.  Already got sent down.  Will he make it back up?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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