I feel bad for Casey McGehee. Yes, the disclaimer about millions of dollars still applies, but money can't un-bruise an ego. Think about how hard he worked to establish himself in Japan, then think about how many people gave him a chance to do anything when he came back. Instead, he had a pretty solid year for the Marlins, and that earned him a chance to succeed with his hometown team. He was probably feeling pretty good about things before the season started, then there were two solid months of welp.
McGehee was worth -0.8 WAR, which doesn't really mean that much. WAR with decimal points is kind of ridiculous, hinting at a precision that just isn't there. Was he .1 better than someone with -0.9 WAR? How do you get a .1? I think you get a .1 credit every day that you don't spill hot coffee on a teammate, but I'm fuzzy on how this all works.
Still, according to WAR, there have been several Giants in the AT&T Park era with seasons as bad or worse than McGehee in fewer than 200 plate appearances. These seasons are mighty impressive. We should celebrate these seasons.
Again: since 2000 and fewer than 200 plate appearances.
Honorable mention - Marco Scutaro, 2014His -0.3 WAR wasn't quite as bad as McGehee's, but he also hit Brandon Belt in the face with a baseball, concussing him and scaring the heck out of all of us.
Working theory: Brandon Belt was going to get hurt even worse in another game, so Scutaro kept him out of the lineup to keep him healthy. He's actually Sam from Quantum Leap and has been this whole time.
10. Ryan Garko, 2009The original McGehee! Without the double plays, sure, but that's because the 2009 Giants had one runner all season (Garko, on a HBP). Garko was worth -0.8 WAR, and it's worth noting that people around here were annoyed at Bruce Bochy for burying him on the bench. He had never had a season with a below-average OPS, and he was hitting .285/.362/.464 when the Giants got him, which is pretty okay.
Then his career just ... poof. On the plane ride from Cleveland. Makes no sense.
9. Jose Vizcaino, 2006He literally played first base. On purpose. Vizcaino never had an above-average offensive season, and in the three seasons prior to rejoining the Giants, his OPS+ were 65, 76, and 66. Why wouldn't you start that at first when you didn't want Lance Niekro to start against tough righties? Other than all of the reasons.
Alas, he was only a temporary first baseman, just holding down the base until Travis Ishikawa came back. Still, what a weird time in Giants history.
(The Giants' record when Vizcaino started at first: 7-3.)
8. Todd Linden, 2007Worth a cool -1.0 WAR in just 55 at-bats. Linden hit .321/.437/.682 in Triple-A in 2005, but the Giants couldn't find him at-bats. Probably because they had "scouts" who "told them" he wasn't a starting outfielder. In 2007, though, he was bad enough to get waived.
The Marlins claimed him, and he did okay there, but it was the last time he would see the majors. Don't forget that Linden is now the hitting coach for the Giants' low-A team!
7. and 6. Ivan Ochoa and Brian Bocock, 2008Bocock was technically tied with McGehee, but I couldn't resist the chance to pair these two. Imagine that you're in charge of a baseball team. How exciting! Looking over the roster, you notice your shortstop is 41. He's actually 41 years old. Still good, mind you, but 41. Wouldn't you make sure, absolutely sure, that you had a good backup plan?
Instead, the Giants were gobsmacked by Omar Vizquel's injury -- "HOW IN THE WORLD DID THAT HAPPEN?" -- and had to scramble around for leftovers. It was amazing.
Bocock hit .279/.330/.362 in Triple-A for the Royals' organization last year. We were a fluke injury away from him winning Game 7 for the Royals. Dayton Moore just has no vision of how baseball likes to troll us all, and for that, we are lucky.
5. Juan Perez, 2014And then this guy dropped a ball during Game 7 that almost allowed the Royals to tie the freaking game. While I was a Perez fan (at least when he was a fifth outfielder), he was worth -1.0 WAR last year, he's scuffling in Triple-A now, and we're probably not going to see him again.
4. Rich Aurilia, 2009Like Scutaro up there, you can't really compare his bad season to McGehee's because he had already built up so much goodwill with the fans. Aurilia had done well enough as a lefty-masher in the previous season, but he was worth -1.1 WAR in just 133 plate appearances, with just two doubles and two dingers.
He also started 16 games at first, which ... come on, 2009 Giants.
3. Emmanuel Burriss, 2012Burriss was the starting second baseman for the 2012 Giants at the start of the season. He hit .213/.270/.221 with one extra-base hit. Then they won the World Series.
Also, I was in band, so I was there:
2. Shawon Dunston, 2002So bad. So unspeakably bad. Dunston hit .231/.250/.286 in his age-39 season, and this was back when roided up hitters were laying waste to pitchers. Those are bad numbers now, but they were unbelievable back then. He had no position, either, spending most of his time in the outfield, where he was bad.
So of course Dusty Baker started him at DH in the World Series. Why wouldn't you?
And of course he hit a home run. Should've won the danged thing. Now I'm all upset again.
At least the three-time Giant has three rings as a coach, though. Turns out he was a good Giant after all.
1. Marquis Grissom, 2005The 2005 Giants: Barry Bonds is hurt, so please enjoy Pedro Feliz in left and Grissom in center. It was under these conditions that McCovey Chronicles was born, which explains so very much. This final season shouldn't take away from the fact that a) Grissom used to be so awesome and b) the Giants used Grissom to troll the Dodgers hard for two solid years.
The Dodgers suffered through an awful season from Grissom in 2001, paying him way too much for the privilege. After a bounceback season, the Giants signed him away, and it worked. For two years. Then it really, really didn't. We'll always have this game, though.
Grissom was worth -2.2 WAR, almost three times as bad as McGehee. Think about that for a moment oh no you actually did it and now you are dead. Sorry about that. I'll give your kids some money, and I hope you enjoyed this episode of Players Who Were Even Worse Theater.