Friday, November 20, 2009

John Wathan, 1982 Kansas City Royals

The one-time fourth overall draft pick (come to think of it, it's unlikely he'd be drafted fourth overall more than once...) was supposed to anchor the Royals powerhouses of the '70s and '80s. Surprisingly, KC managed to win a crown in spite of, not because of, the efforts of Mr. Wathan. 1982, though his most productive season in some respects, was also Wathan's nadir, as he became the only man to steal 35 or more bases (36) and ground into 25 or more double plays (26). I'm not sure how many sharply-hit balls to the second baseman it took to accomplish this absurd feat, but the singularity of the accomplishment certainly shows up in his bizarre .270/.343/.328 slash line. Aren't speedsters (even speedy catchers?) supposed to prevent GIDPs?

35+ stolen bases, 25+ ground into double plays

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