Posted at 12:22 PM on May 16, 2005
by Bob Collins
Not since Gene Tenace has anyone parlayed a lucky homer into a Major League career the way Aaron Boone has. Boone, you may recall, was traded to the Yankees a few years ago, stunk the joint up, and then some Red Sox pitcher hit his bat and propelled the Yankees to the World Series. The Yankees gave Boone a fat contract, whereupon he played basketball in the off-season and tore up his knee and the Yanks tore up the contract.
Boone then signed a deal with the Cleveland Indians last year, even though he couldn't play. In the offseason, the Indians moved former Twin Casey Blake, who had two really fine years at the corner, to rightfield, and what's happening now is among the most outrageous stories in a season of few interesting stories. Aaron Boone, is -- and this isn't hyperbole, you can look it up -- the worst hitter in baseball.
And his starting job has never been in jeopardy.
That has led fans in Cleveland to action.
Boone did have a solid career going before the famous HR. He hit 26 HRs and played in all 162 games in 2002, and was an All Star in with Cincinnati 2003.
Unfortunately, other than the ALCS winning HR in 2003, not much has gone right for the third generation big leaguer since his trade to the Yankees in July '03.
Boone had a pretty good year in 2002 with all those homers. Until you look at his OBP. .316. With the 111 whiffs, Dave Kingman comes to mind. Beyond that, there really isn't anything to Aaron Boone. He very rarely is able to play a full season and he has very little game. Oddly enough, among the players he is rated equal to, Corey Koskie's name comes up, which shows you just how overrated Koskie was. Add Butch Hobson and Chris Sabo and you've got a hell of a golf outing.
I drafted him in the last round of my fantasy team, thinking I might have had the steal of a century, since I didn't have a much better starter at third (ahem, Koskie). Luckily I caught wise sooner rather than later and dropped him after the first week. Watch out Mr. Wedge, I'm coming after your job!