Presenting Your 2011 Un-Stars

SAN FRANCISCO, CA : Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants walks back to the dugout after he struck out in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Okay, so it seems like every major leaguer with a pulse wound up being labeled an "All-Star" ... but there were actually some regulars who, despite Major League Baseball's best efforts, just couldn't quite squeeze onto one of the All-Star rosters. Which is a real shame, except it gives us an opportunity to construct of team of baseball's worst every-day players this season (which isn't the same as baseball's worst players, period; just more fun) ...

C: Miguel Olivo
Olivo's really not so terrible. Sure, his .265 on-base percentage is a living rally-killer. But he co-leads the Mariners with 12 home runs, and his .397 slugging percentage ranks second on the squad. There just aren't many catchers who play almost every day, and Olivo's been the worst of the small group. (If you're really looking for a catcher who can't hit, there's always Jeff Mathis. I mean, always.)

DH: Adam Dunn
Go figure. One of Major League Baseball's most consistent hitters is suffering through the worst (by far) season of his career, and nobody knows why.

Dishonorable Mentions: Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero

1B: Aubrey Huff
Most of the players here aren't bad players, at all; they are, like Dunn and Aubrey Huff, pretty good players having pretty awful seasons. If there were just awful players, their teams would likely have given up on them weeks or months ago. A year ago, Aubrey Huff was the best hitter on a team that won the World Series. Sure, Huff might have been a little over his head. But nobody could have remotely guessed that he would drop from .290/.385/.506 to .236/.290/.361 (so far). The slightly scary thing is that Huff did hit almost exactly this poorly in 2009, coming off an outstanding 2008.

Dishonorable Mentions: Lyle Overbay, James Loney, Derek Lee

2B: Dan Uggla
Then there's Dan Uggla -- by the way, did you know Uggla means owl in the Klingon language? -- who got $62 million from the Braves last winter, and has rewarded Atlanta's largesse with what's easily the worst season of his career, the highlights including a .185 batting average that shows absolutely no signs of going anywhere soon.

Dishonorable Mentions: Orlando Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Omar Infante

SS: Yuniesky Betancourt
Then there's Yuniesky Betancourt, who's working on a four-year streak of being among the very worst every-day players in the majors. What makes Yuni so special is that he's a lousy hitter and a lousy fielder, which is usually a combination that gets you a new (and lesser-paying) job, but somehow Betancourt keeps fooling people. Hey, it's good work if you can get it.

Dishonorable Mentions: Cliff Pennington, Miguel Tejada

3B: Chone Figgins
Disaster, thy name is Chone. After Figgins' breakout season in 2009, the Mariners signed Figgins for four years and $36 million. In 2010, he became Seattle's every-day second baseman and his numbers fell way off (though, it should be said, they looked an awful lot like his 2008 numbers). A blip, perhaps? Or perhaps an adjustment issue to his new city and (sorta) new position? Apparently not. In 2010, Figgins was not good. In 2011, he's been execrable. It's all good, though ... only two more years after this one.

Dishonorable Mentions: Chris Johnson, Casey McGehee, Brandon Inge

LF: Raul Ibañez
The good news is that Ibañez got off to a lousy start last season, too; a year ago at the break, the Phillies' left fielder was sitting at .243/.326/.397, but went .309/.375/.494 to finish the season with respectable numbers. The bad news is two-fold: 1) Ibañez is having another lousy first half, almost exactly as lousy as last year's, and 2) at 39, he seems less likely to bounce back than he did a year ago. Actually, there's one more fold of bad news: Ibañez is still owed roughly $5 million for the rest of this season, which makes it all the more difficult to bench him or release him.

Dishonorable Mention: Juan Pierre

CF: Alex Rios
Yes, the White Sox have two players on this list, which goes a long way toward explaining why they're just ninth in the American League in scoring despite what was supposedly to be a power-packed lineup. And this isn't a short-term issue, with Rios owed $12.5 million in both 2012 and '13.

Dishonorable Mention: Chris Coghlan

RF: Ichiro Suzuki
Yes, a month ago I thought Ichiro was going to turn things around. No, it hasn't happened yet. Ichiro entered this season with a .331 career batting average; this season he's batting .270. Ichiro entered this season with a .376 career on-base percentage; this season it's just .317. Last year the Mariners scored only 513 runs, which was some sort of record. This year they're on pace for 535 runs, which would establish some sort of two-year record. And they're going to do it, too, unless Ichiro somehow returns to being Ichiro!

Dishonorable Mentions: Jayson Werth, David DeJesus

SP: Bronson Arroyo
Arroyo's never been a star, but he's almost always been effective. And generally consistent. His numbers in 2009 and '10 included (virtually) the same ERAs (3.84/3.88), HR/9 (1.3/1.2), walks per nine innings (2.7/2.5) and strikeouts per nine (5.0/5.3). And this year? His ERA has skyrocketed to 5.45, thanks largely to having given up 25 home runs in 108 innings. Granted, it looks like Arroyo's been victimized mostly by poor luck -- in the form of more fly balls happening to fly over the fence -- but those fly balls count, and so they've counted against Arroyo's ERA.

Dishonorable Mentions: Wade Davis, James McDonald, Tyler Chatwood

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