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  1. I like Brian McCann for this one. He’s a miracle in the sense that he once was blind but now can see. The “bad” refers to the miracle itself, which involved complications from LASIK surgery and a smorgasbord of therapeutic eyewear.

    Also, Brian McCann and Bad Miracle have the same initials.

    Comment by Geoff — July 6, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  2. Can’t quite articulate why, but it seems to fit Milton Bradley pretty well

    Comment by Tom — July 6, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  3. I have to agree. It’s pretty much perfect.

    Comment by buddy — July 6, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

  4. I’d like to propose Chris Davis. His AAA numbers are miraculous. As an MLB player, he’s bad. I think that covers it.

    Comment by Mike — July 6, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  5. Chris Getz, he’s bad, and it’s a miracle he’s still on a MLB roster, let alone starting every day.

    Comment by Chris — July 6, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

  6. Bartolo Colon and his resurgence

    Comment by filihok — July 6, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  7. Whoever is the current flavor of the month on the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Bad in reference to the player’s [choose one or more of the following]: past, minor league numbers, failed stints in the majors, uninspiring overall package, rough tenure with a previous organization, clashes with various baseball personnel, questionable side-career as a musician.

    Miracle in reference to [choose one or more of the following] the Rays being able to find such an undervalued player and acquire him cheaply, or the player’s ability to resolve, reverse, or undo any of the aforementioned choices associated with ‘bad’.

    Consolation nominees: The 2010 Giants’ Season and Scott Podsednik (Bad: See stats, Miracle: See wife).

    Comment by Resolution — July 6, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  8. Dusty Baker, without a doubt, embodies the duplicity of both “BAD” and “MIRACLE.”

    Comment by Card Archives — July 6, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  9. Casey Kotchman… The bad is for him being one of the worst offensive 1B in the history of baseball. The miracle is that he’s hitting north of .330 and is the everyday starter and hero of the Rays…

    Comment by Shaun — July 6, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  10. Podsednik also gets a miracle point for his unlikely game-winning home run in the World Series.

    Comment by Ken Arneson — July 6, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  11. Agreed. I thought of that (which is probably a much bigger miracle than a professional athlete marrying an attractive woman – which isn’t as much a miracle as much as it is par for the course), but alas, I thought the wife thing was funnier.

    Ah Podsednik, so many miracles for such an unheralded player.

    Comment by Resolution — July 6, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

  12. I hate to be the one to bring up PEDs, but the first people I think of when I read this was Barry Bonds.

    Comment by Adam — July 6, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

  13. Ryan Vogelsong anyone?!?!
    Bad: First trip through the majors
    Miracle: 2011 season

    Comment by gardy32 — July 6, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  14. McCann is a good match, but he already has a pretty great nickname – “Heap” – which has to be on of the best, most unique nicknames out there right now.

    Comment by Jaik Jarrkjens — July 6, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

  15. These have been pretty great suggestions so far. My nomination: Willy Mo Pena.

    His recent moon shot — featured in hot gifs — is the first thing I thought of when “Bad Miracle” was suggested.

    Comment by Shaun C — July 7, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  16. I think Angel Villalona is the perfect player for this nickname. He is a miracle because, well, he kind of was. He was born with enormous natural talent, and heralded as the best prospect in a good farm system. He was supposed to be the savior of San Francisco, coming to end its offensive woes. He is bad because… well, it appears he may have murdered someone. (
    A prodigous talented turned to murder (possibly)?
    I’d say that’s a classic example of a miracle gone bad.

    Comment by Blueyays — July 7, 2011 @ 9:13 am

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