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A league of their own

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 14, 2011

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Deadspin.com yesterday posted a highly arbitrary - yet thoroughly entertaining - list of the 100 worst baseball players of all time. “I don’t just mean the objective worst, the statistical worst, the most physically discomforting to watch,’’ explained author Eric Nusbaum. “I mean the players whose failure was enduring, endearing, perplexing, and spectacular.’’ Of local interest on the list are: Danny Ainge (“He didn’t defend especially well, didn’t hit for average or power, and wasn’t particularly effective on the base paths . . . less productive than a hypothetical 25th-man pickup’’); Butch Hobson (“In 1978, he committed 43 errors at third base, making him the first player in over half a century to post a fielding percentage - .899 - below .900.’’); Julian Tavarez; and Jose Offerman (“As a child in Los Angeles, I associated defensive lapses in baseball with Jose Offerman.’’)