The All-Brittle team
Posted by Thomas10966 (3028 days ago)
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Having players like Chipper "Day to Day" Jones on my teams got me thinking-who are the players at each position who just can't seem to stay healthy? I bet you could come up with a pretty good lineup. I reviewed the cheatsheets on rotowire.com and created a lineup. I omitted pitchers (Chris Carpenter) because they are too numerous to mention(Ben Sheets):
1B-Nick Johnson-he's healthy and hitting .350, so I hope I don't jinx him. He is a very good hitter with, as Rotowire describes him, "A gypsy curse on his head." Broke his leg in 2006 and missed all of 2007. His long awaited comeback was cut short last year after 109 at bats when he broke his wrist. Here's hoping 2009 is his lucky year! Honorable mention to Chad Tracy.
2B-Rickie Weeks-remember when he was a prized rookie in 2005 at age 22? Since then he's missed chunks of time for surgery to repair ligaments on his thumb and wrist, both in separate years. Already this year he collided with J.J. Hardy and suffered a concussion. Second base is one of the more durable positions, but Weeks makes the lineup here.
3B-Chipper Jones-I could list all of his assorted aches and pains causing him to miss time over the years, but I think there's a maximum number of characters I can type, so I'll leave that alone.
SS-Nomar Garciaparra-part of the holy trinity of AL shortstops, along with Jeter and ARod. These days, he literally can't run out a grounder with out something popping or pulling. I added him to one of my teams when Stephen Drew went on the DL and that actually happened the day after I picked him up!
C-Doumit-catcher is another position like second base where it was more difficult to find a worthy player. I finally settled on Doumit, who has had 7 of 9 seasons cut short by injuries between the majors and minors. Wait, he's out two months this season. make that 8/10.
OF-Milton Bradley-see Chipper Jones, then add a temper so scary that even when he's healthy he's often ejected and/or suspended. Actually tore his ACL one year in San Diego when his first base coach tried to restrain him during an argument.
OF-J.D. Drew-may even miss more time than Chipper, which is quite an accomplishment.
OF-Griffey-how many career home runs would he have right now if he didn't miss so much time? Still a sure-fire Hall of Famer.
Honorable mention to Jim Edmonds and Rondell White, both no longer active.
***Blog was Edited on 5/2/2009 8:17 AM PT***
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imranpirani commented 3027 days ago
Too bad that I own two of these guys (Chipper and Doumit) in my keeper league. Looks like I will have a bumpy road ahead.
Brian D. commented 3018 days ago
I'm gonna give Rondell a pass because he still walks with a limp. He had a serious injury he really never got over. Still lots of DL time, but seems a little tougher to me than say a Drew.
diamonds commented 3011 days ago
Why Chipper over Eric Chavez at 3B? But then I am an AL guy.
Thomas10966 (Blog Author) commented 3011 days ago
I can see having Chavez on the list. That's a good point, since he's surely missed more time than Chipper. Some of the players I mentioned are more of the frustrating types to own, like Chipper, Bradley, and Drew, who are seemingly always day to day but don't always land on the DL to free up a roster spot.
On a separate note, it looks like I jinxed Rickie Weeks. I feel bad for him because he seemed to be on his way to a good season with a .274 AVG and .521 slugging.
I'm trying to think of another list to write-any suggestions? As the end of May approaches, maybe it's time to decide whether to cut bait or keep players who are slumping, such as Garrett Atkins.
soccercm9 commented 3010 days ago
I dont see how you can leave Rocco Baldelli off this list.
bmwm3866 commented 2988 days ago
Don't forget MR. eternal comeback Mark Prior
ngleichman commented 2987 days ago
No mention of Pronk? Egregious.
Sabanholic commented 2987 days ago
Right when I saw this topic, Chipper is all I could think about!! It just kills me to just never know when he is gonna break a nail and go on the DL!! When he plays there are not many better but thats a big WHEN....