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While discussing the recent injuries of many great players with my buddy Chris we decided to make a list of guys who have a ton of talent but never seem to be able to play an entire season. Here is how our team shaped out:
Mike Piazza, Catcher
-He has had amazing numbers in his career but they would have been even more impressive if he had played more than an average of 124 games since 1999. We would probably be talking one of the best hitters, not just hitting catchers, of all time. Piazza currently has a career .319 average with 372 homers and a .958 OPS.
David Ortiz, First Base
-David has never played more than 130 games in a season, yet he was almost an MVP winner last year in the American League. If Ortiz played a full 162 games he would average 26 Homers and 99 RBI, while slugging .497. Great to have in the middle of any lineup.
Macus Giles, Second Base
-This was a hard position to choose but I picked Marcus because he plays so hard that it will be a common trend seeing him collide with something or someone. He has great numbers and they seem to get better year by year. Giles unbelievably was a 53rd round draft choice. His averages for a second baseman are amazing with 21 homers, 39 doubles, and a .290 batting average.
Troy Glaus, Third Base
-His bat is simply amazing. He was on his way to competing for a second homerun title this season before having season-ending surgery. He seems to have a new problem every year. He finally got his vision fixed and now he will be doing his watching from the dugout till the end of the season. Glaus has only averaged 117 games played in his 7 year career. In 2000 he led the AL with 47 Homers. His season averages would be Hall-Of-Fame worthy with 36 homers, 102 RBI, 92 BB, and a .499 Slugging percentage. Glaus still has time to put up big numbers at only 27 years of age.
Barry Larkin, Shortstop
-Barry had great potential to do major damage to many shortstop records paving the way for the new power/speed/defense combination that we see at the position on many teams. Larkin has not played a full season since 1999 and has averaged only 111 games in his 19 years of service. He has stolen base numbers that are incomparable with 379 stolen bases and only 77 times was he caught.
Rondell White, Left Field
-Rondell moved from team to team with the hopes of fulfilling his potential. He has a career batting average of .289 which is great and has hit for an average of 23 homers and 86 RBI. Potential is there for him but his time is running out.
Ken Griffey Jr., Center Field
-Junior went from comparisons of Willie Mays to comparisons of Tim Taylor from Home Improvement. He has his own coffee cup in the Cincinnati ER. Junior looks to have regained his old form but the possibility is always there for his season to end with any flyball.
Juan Gonzalez, Right Field
-Juan Gonzalez is the captain of this team never having played the full 162 games in a season. Early in his 16 years in the league he put up numbers that were amazing by anyone's standards hitting for power and average. His averages for his career are 42 homeruns, 135 RBI, and a .295 average. He currently stands at 434 career homers and nobody knows what will happen with him in the future.
Familiar words for these guys are Out-For-The-Season!