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The MLB "All-Iron Mitt" Team: Baseball's Worst Fielders

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IOctober 27, 2011

The MLB "All-Iron Mitt" Team: Baseball's Worst Fielders

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    We always read and hear about the top 10 “whatever” types of players, but rarely do we hear about some of the worst players at any one given position, which is why I am going to present to you my MLB “All Iron-Mitt” team.

    I have gathered some of the worst players DEFENSIVELY—key word here—and designed my roster to reflect the inept play of each player per position.

    Want to see who made the team? Then click away, and remember to leave your nomination below and why.

First Base: Dick Stuart

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    Many fans should easily recognize Dick Stuart, aka “Dr. Strangeglove.”

    Stuart was so poor on defense that he earned such other dubious monikers as “Stonefingers” and “The Man with the Iron Glove.”

    Offensively, he was just slightly above average (.264 lifetime average with 228 career home runs), which just added up to a not-so-hot player for Pittsburgh at the time.

Second Base: Marcus Giles

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    C’mon, Braves fans, you have to help me out with this one because Giles is by far one of the worst—if not the worst—defensive second basemen of all time.

    In his career, Giles had a rating of 15.22 runs lost and never really did enough to keep his job as a professional ballplayer.

Third Base: Chone Figgins

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    There was a time when Figgins more than made up for his lack of defense with his baserunning threat and ability to put the ball in play and create scoring opportunities, but even that aspect of Figgins’ game has seemingly gone away.

    Fielding-wise, Figgins was tagged for 14.51 runs lost before even leaving the Angels, and any Mariners fan will quickly tell you just how bad this guy is defensively at third.

Shortstop: Jose Offerman

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    Jose Offerman proved that there are strange situations in baseball, particularly in 1995, when he was voted as an All-Star despite being such a poor defensive player.

    His poor defense led to a trade to the Kansas City Royals, where he had a slight stint as a starter, but nothing more.

Left Field: Greg Luzinski

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    The conundrum surrounding Greg Luzinski was a constant headache for Phillies fans, including myself.

    On the one hand, you had a guy who could hit the ball so hard and fast you needed high-powered field binoculars just to chase it down visually, but his horrible fielding was also compounded by a terribly weak outfield arm.

    At least the offense was nice to watch.

Center Field: Nate McLouth

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    McLouth is widely viewed as one of the worst center fielders to ever play the game.

    McLouth’s range—“zone coverage,” so to speak—and overall defensive play at center have just been abysmal, to say the least.

    The other issue with McLouth is the fact that he has never really been all that great of a hitter either, so this is a one-two punch that no team has enjoyed over the years.

Right Field: Manny Ramirez

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    He played just about every position in the outfield at one point in his career, and today we simply highlight the fact of Manny not being Manny in the outfield.

    Manny Ramirez was always known for his power and hitting prowess (among other things), but his fielding was less than stellar, to say the least, with a .978 career fielding percentage compared to the league average during Manny's time of .986.

Catcher: John Buck

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    The absolute consensus from pretty much everyone is the fact that John Buck is quite possibly the worst catcher—defensively speaking, of course—in history, although Miguel Olivo was widely viewed as a close second.

    Poor plate defense and an inability to throw out anyone have been the two mainstays when talking about Buck, despite having a pretty good bat.

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