The entire article is a good read, but about last year’s “big two” on the bench (Valdez/Cairo):
Actually, to describe the performances of Valdez and Cairo as Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬ËœholesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ is kind.
Valdez may have had had the worst offensive season in Reds history — and Cairo wasn’t far behind.
For players with a minimum of 150 plate appearances in a season, Valdez’s OPS+ (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage, adjusted for ballpark and league played in) of Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬Ëœ24Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ is the third-worst in Reds history. To make matters worse, Valdez had 37 more plate appearances than either of the guys in front of him (Bill Fox, 1901, OPS+ of 20 in 171 plate appearances, and Paul Blair, 1979, OPS+ of 21 in 155 plate appearances).
Bill Bergen’s 1901 season may have been even worse, given that he had 326 plate appearances in his OPS+ of 29. (We bring this up because Cairo also had an OPS+ last year of 29.)
You probably noticed that Bergen-Fox (1901) committed their malfeasance together, as did Valdez-Cairo (2012). At least the latter were obscured (until we came along, anyway) by their teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 97-65 finish. Bergen and Fox Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬ËœledÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ way to a 52-87 finish in 1901. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to obscure when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in last place, 38 games off the pace. And, yes, it could have been even worse. The 1901 Reds should have been 46-93, given that they allowed 260 more runs than they scored.
Valdez-Cairo matched Bergen-Fox as the only Reds teammates to get 150 PA with an OPS+ under 30. As such, the 2012 Reds are the only major league team since 1913 to have two players stoop to such a level of non-distinction.
He also looks at this year’s bench….read the article.