I immediately thought of Francisco Rodriguez when I saw the title, but looking back, it seems that narrative was built almost entirely on his playoff performance that year, as he only pitched 5 regular season innings.
Ah, the small sample size All-Stars. Awesome players in SOM that you could abuse if you didn’t set playing time limits. Nothing quite like playing Chipper or J.D. Drew every game and seeing them put up Troutian stats over 162 games.
Comment by Strat-O-Matic — August 30, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
It would be an interesting notion to think if Chipper was called up before September 1, 1993, which would have made him eligible for the playoff roster, the Braves might have won the NLCS against the Phils.
Um where is Shane “the home run di-” Spencer? The guy got called up in September 1998 and hit 10 home runs, including 3 grand slams for a 227 wRC+and 1.2 WAR. He had a .537 ISO, and a 1.321 OPS! Then of course he fell off the face of the earth. But damn what a September!
Shane Spencer also had 2 HRs in the Yankees three game sweep of the Rangers in the ALDS before turning back into … Shane Spencer. But for that month, he was amazing. As Michael Kay once said: “how do you explain Shane Spencer … and really, who would want to?” (I’m sure he meant that in a nice way).
Ryan Zimmerman had a pretty impressive callup in 2005 (.397/.419/.569 in 20 games). I looked it up and it was apparently not good enough, though: 0.8 WAR and a 163 wRC+. Whatever happened to that guy? :-)
I think Mike Jacobs applies. 2005 Mets he got 30 games in, hit over .300, whacked 11 HRs, slugged over .700. Maybe he was brought up a few games too early? His WAR is 1.3 for that stint. Of course I made him a keeper in my fantasy league and regretted it for years:)
Oh, I see he did had 9 games in august, too. Oh, well, he raked for that near-september call-up. Traded to the marlins with Petit for Carlos Delgado.
I was looking for that name also. What would be his WAR or ERA- including postseason?
Having the age of the player listed would be a good addition, would expect future greats to struggle if they were brought up at 20 or younger.