My friends at The Platoon Advantage have a fun post today: counting down the 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams.
I was somewhat shocked but quite pleased to see Lonnie Smith’s 1989 season with a putrid Braves team so high on the list. I loved that season. I loved the 1988 Braves season too. I’m kind of a masochist.
With the notable exception of a Randy Johnson season, a Steve Carlton season and a couple other nice years by some sonsabitches, there are a lot of well-loved players on this list. Indeed, I’m guessing that toiling for a poor team and having a great year is exactly what made them well-loved in the first place. Fans gotta latch on to something, so it makes sense that they latch on to the Lonnie Smiths, Rusty Staubs and Ron Santos of the world.
A good read while we wait for the playoffs to start.