Brandon Wood, meet Tony Pena Jr.


With his 0-for-3 on Sunday, Brandon Wood went over 200 plate appearances for the season and his average dwindled to .160. If he doesn’t get another at-bat all year, he’d finish with a .397 OPS that’d rank as the lowest for any player in the expansion era.
Here’s the bottom 10 with a minimum of 200 plate appearances:
1. Brandon Wood (Angels, 2010) – .160/.185/.213 – .397 in 188 AB
2. Tony Pena Jr. (Royals, 2008) – .169/.189/.209 – .398 in 225 AB
3. Ray Oyler (Tigers, 1968) – .135/.213/.186 – .399 in 215 AB
4. John Vukovich (Phillies, 1971) – .166/.211/.189 – .400 in 217 AB
5. Al Weis (White Sox, 1966) – .155/.233/.187 – .420 in 187 AB
6. Doug Strange (Pirates, 1998) – .173/.217/.216 – .433 in 185 AB
7. Mike Ryan (Phillies, 1968) – .179/.218/.216 – .434 in 296 AB
8. Jerry Zimmerman (Twins, 1967) – .167/.243/.192 – .436 in 234 AB
9. Jim Mason (Yankees, 1975) – .152/.228/.211 – .438 in 223 AB
10. Rich Morales (SD/CHW, 1973) – .161/.245/.194 – .438 in 248 AB
Pena, incredibly, got even worse in 2009, hitting .098/.132/.118 in 51 at-bats before the Royals gave up on him, and he’s now trying to work his way back to the majors as a pitcher in the Giants chain.
Wood appears doomed. He’s now played in 153 major league games and hit .177/.205/.267 with 10 homers and a ridiculous 130/11 K/BB ratio in 412 at-bats. Though the Angels are out of the race, they’ve given him just two starts all month. (Oddly enough, they’ve won all three games he’s started since Aug. 25.) Wood has a pretty good reputation in the field, but in 484 innings (the equivalent of 55 games) at third base and shortstop this year, he’s committed eight errors and been involved in just seven double plays.
Some rebuilding club will probably take a chance on him this winter. He’s entering his age-26 season, and he’s hit .283/.350/.536 with 77 homers in 330 Triple-A games. But he’ll be far from a lock to make a team out of spring training, even though the fact that he’s out of options has kept him in the majors throughout 2010.

David Ortiz and Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26:  (L-R) Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer 2016 Hank Aaron, Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred and David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox pose during the Hank Aaron Award ceremony prior to Game Two of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that former Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won the 2016 Hank Aaron Award in their respective leagues.

Ortiz, 40, flourished in his final season, batting .315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI in 626 plate appearances during the regular season. His .620 slugging percentage, 1.021 OPS, and 48 doubles led the majors while his 127 RBI led the American League. Ortiz also won the Hank Aaron Award back in 2005.

Bryant, 24, is the likely winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award as well. He hit .292/.385/.554 with 39 home runs and 102 RBI over 699 plate appearances. He also led the league by scoring 121 runs. Bryant is the first Cub to win the Hank Aaron Award since Aramis Ramirez in 2008.

Last year’s winners in the AL and NL, respectively, were Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper.

Alex Rodriguez is taking his analyst role quite seriously

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees answers question in a press conference after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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If you’ve happened to catch any of the coverage of the 2016 postseason on Fox and FS1, you’ve heard former Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez as part of an analyst panel with host Kevin Burkhardt and former major leaguers Pete Rose and Frank Thomas. Rodriguez has drawn rave reviews not just for passing a rather low bar we set for former athletes-turned-commentators, but because he’s adding real insight drawn both from his playing days and from doing research.

Indeed, Rodriguez is taking his new job as an analyst quite seriously, Newsday’s Neil Best reports. Bardia Shah-Rais, the VP of production for Fox, said of Rodriguez, “This is not a hobby for him. It’s not a parachute in. He’s invested. If we have a noon meeting, he’s there at 11:30 a.m. He’s emailing story ideas in the morning. He wants research. He’s almost all-in to the point where it’s annoying.”

Rose also praised Rodriguez, saying, “You’ve never been around a guy who prepares more than Alex does. Alex does his homework. He knows the game. He understands players. He’s into the deal . . . Frank does a great job in preparation, too. I’m the only one that don’t prepare as much as these two guys. I don’t know if that’s because I can’t write or what it is. But these guys do their homework and they ask questions and they ask the right questions and then you put that in with our experience, all the things we’ve been through and how good we get along with each other, that’s why it shows up on the TV.”

Rodriguez, who hasn’t officially retired despite not having played since the Yankees released him in mid-August, wouldn’t commit to more TV work beyond this year’s postseason.