Baseball-Reference.com is the internet's greatest resource. I don't even mean the internet's greatest baseball resource. I mean the internet's greatest resource overall. And Baseball-Reference has a neat system in place where you or a group of friends or coworkers can elect to sponsor a particular page - usually one of a player. For some proportional fee, you provide a message and maybe a link, and Baseball-Reference receives some funds to keep doing what it's doing.
Most of the time, these sponsorship messages end up being simple words of support or, regrettably, company advertisements. In other words, they're unremarkable. But other times, these sponsorship messages end up looking really really bad. These are those sponsorships.
I have gone through every individual page relevant to the 2011 baseball season and pulled out the worst-looking sponsorships. Below, my findings.
Jarrod Dyson has four hits in 24 at bats with the Royals. In triple-A, where he has spent the bulk of his time, he's slugged .327. Jarrod Dyson is a good baseball player, but relative to his pool of peers, he is a pretty bad baseball player.
Drew Butera has an OPS+ of 29. As for keeping ERAs down, Twins pitchers have a 4.86 ERA with Butera behind the plate, and a 3.48 ERA with Butera not behind the plate. If Drew Butera epitomizes what it means to be a Minnesota Twin then the Minnesota Twins should probably be contracted.
Danny Valencia has a .630 OPS. He might rake. He doesn't hit though.
No he's not.
I probably should've come up with a designated Minnesota Twins section. They're dominating this post.
Well I guess it's not impossible.
On April 28, Travis Snider had a .540 OPS, so he was demoted to triple-A. In triple-A, he's posted a lower OPS than Dewayne Wise. The other day he got hit in the head and sustained a concussion. On Tuesday, June 21, he has progressed all the way to the neurologist's office.
There's nothing necessarily wrong with this sponsorship right now, but as a Mariners fan I get the sense that it won't be accurate much longer.
Velocity's down, control's worse, and though Cahill's most recent start was a good one, he's fresh off such an ugly stretch that one has to wonder if something's wrong.
John Grabow has a 5.04 ERA and has averaged one strikeout every two innings. If John Grabow is the most underrated player on the Cubs, then no wonder they're terrible.
Jack McKeon's Baseball-Reference page, meanwhile, is sponsored by an online baseball simulation game. After simulating one season, Jack McKeon dies.