Presenting – The 2016 Chicken Wolf All-Stars

Even bad, horrible, rotten teams have good players. Many have great players, even superstars. So, we at the Spitter take time to recognize those who toiled all season for teams that were…um…less than stellar.

These are the best of the worst – the star players on teams that finished 10 games or more under .500 in 2016. The biggest problem was finding catchers this season, as many catching candidates were traded, or fell off the face of the earth. Also, finding outfielders not center fielders was also a struggle, so it was decided to take just two LF and one RF.

Players were chosen by B-R WAR for position players, and FIP for pitchers. Thus, we can recognize pitchers who were saddled with bad bad luck, especially in regards to teammates’ defense and allowing their inherited runners to score.

The team is named after William Van Winkle “Jimmy” Wolf, better known as Chicken Wolf, who toiled for a lot of bad Louisville Colonels teams in his career, suffering through indifferent teammates, petulant owners, and drunken fans.

So, without further ado, here are your 2016 Chicken Wolf All Stars:

C – Wellington Castillo, ARI

C- Stephen Vogt, OAK

1B – Freddie Freeman, ATL

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, ARI

1B – Joey Votto, CIN

2B – Brian Dozier, MIN

2B – Jean Segura, ARI

2B – DJ LeMahieu, COL

SS – Andrelton Simmons, ANA

SS – Jonathan Villar, MIL

3B – Evan Longoria, TB

3B – Nolan Arenado, COL

LF – Ryan Braun, MIL

LF – Adam Duval, CIN

CF – Mike Trout, ANA

CF – Kevin Kiermaier, TB

CF – Charlie Blackmon, COL

CF – Odubel Herrera, PHI

CF – Ender Inciarte, ATL

RF – Kole Calhoun, ANA

SP – Aaron Nola, PHI

SP – Blake Snell, TB

SP – Matt Shoemaker, ANA

SP – Tyler Anderson, COL

SP – Jon Gray, COL

SP – Julio Teheran, ATL

RP – Xavier Cedeno, TB

RP – Jim Johnson, ATL

RP – Tyler Thornburg, MIL

RP – Liam Hendriks, OAK

RP – Ian Krol, ATL

RP – Alex Colome, TB

RP – Brad Hand, SD

RP – Ryan Buchter, SD

RP – Jose Alvarez, ATL

Honorable Mentions – Will Myers, SD; Logan Forsythe, TB; Trevor Story, COL; Marcus Semien, OAK; Junior Guerra, MIL; Robbie Ray, ARI; Boone Logan, COL; Hector Neris, PHI; Brad Ziegler, ARI

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