We already brought you the American League version, so here’s the NL.
The Heathcliff Slocumb Category: Honoring mediocre performances in a pitching role.
- John Hudek (1994), Houston
- Ken Hill (1994), Montreal
- Hideo Nomo (1995), Los Angeles: He gets negative points for being a Dodger. We’d still argue that he’s one of the more overrated players of the ’90s.
- Heathcliff Slocumb (1995), Philadelphia
- Ricky Bottalico (1996), Philadelphia
- Ryan Dempster (2000), Florida
- Armando Benitez (2003, 2004), New York, Florida: Do you need an explanation here?
- Chris Capuano (2006), Milwaukee: 11-12 with a 4.03 ERA. Brilliant.
The Mickey Morandini Category: Lifetime Averages Under .270 (or barely over)
- Darren Daulton (’92, ’93, ’95), Philadelphia: Ok, “Dutch” was actually really good, but we’ll take any excuse to mention Daulton’s absolute nuttiness. According to him, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Really. Still, a lifetime average of .245 says it’s OK to put him on this list.
- Tom Pagnozzi (1992), St. Louis
- Mike Sharperson (1992), Los Angeles: On a team with Orel Hershiser, Darryl Strawberry, Eric Davis and the immortal Brett Butler, Sharperson was the only representative. He hit three home runs that year with 95 hits. We don’t get it. Can someone explain this? (Also, he’s apparently dead.)
- Wil Cordero (1994), Montreal
- Mariano Duncan (1994), Philadelphia
- Darrin Fletcher (1994), Montreal
- Carlos Garcia (1994), Pittsburgh: The 1994 game was a star-studded affair.
- Mickey Morandini (1995), Philadelphia
- Jose Offerman (1995, 1999), Los Angeles, Boston: How the worst defensive shortstop in the league made two All-Star teams is beyond us.
- Henry Rodriguez (1996), Montreal: Oh, those Expos …
- Walt Weiss (1998), Atlanta
- Alex Gonzalez (1999), Florida
- Ed Sprague (1999), Pittsburgh: If thinking Ed Sprague sucked is wrong, then we don’t want to be right.
- Jeffrey Hammonds (2000), Colorado: Thank you, Coors Field. Hammonds’ average literally dropped nearly 100 points upon moving to Milwaukee the following year.
- Junior Spivey (2002), Arizona: Never played more than 100 games in a year again.
- Felipe Lopez (2005), Cincinnati: 23 home runs, 17 errors.