With their horrible performance this year, the Washington Natinals
Nationals have drawn comparisons to the worst modern baseball team ever, the 1962 New York Mets. That Mets team was graced with just bona fide player, left fielder Frank Thomas, Thomas hit .266/.329/.496, 69 R, 34 HR, 94 RBI, carrying the decrepit team on his back. The Nationals are similarly carried by left fielder Adam Dunn.
- The 1962 Mets’ record was 40-120. The 2009 Nationals are on pace to go 47-115.
- The 1962 Mets scored 617 runs. The 2009 Nationals are on pace to score 699 runs.
- The 1962 Mets gave up 948 runs. The 2009 Nationals are on pace to give up 906 runs.
- The 1962 Mets starters combined to hit .254/.324/.398. The 2009 Nationals’ starters are on pace to hit .272/.347/.424.
- The 1962 Mets team ERA was 5.04. The 2009 Nationals are on pace to have a team ERA of 5.19.
- The 1962 Mets had a team fielding percentage of .967. The 2009 Nationals are on pace for a fielding percentage of .975.
All the talk about the Nationals being the worst team in baseball history is baloney. The 1962 Mets will always hold that honor.
As outlined in my Keys To Success/Failure: Washington Nationals entry
, the Nats have their glaring issues, and a great strength. They have good hitters, led by Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman, and Josh Willingham. They’re weaknesses are numerous, but they do have a strength, something the 1962 Mets did not have. The Nationals are certainly the worst team in a while, but the Mets still hold the record for mediocrity.