Saturday, June 3, 2023

The Worst Red Sox Team of All Time Pt. 21: Otis Miller

Failure is often even more fascinating than success. I am definitely intrigued by the 1932 Boston Red Sox, the worst Red Sox team of all time. The team finished with a record of 43-111, for a winning percentage of .279 and very little went right.

Honestly, this series is kind of hard to work up the motivation to keep going.  There are so many players and so few of them played enough to be interesting.  But, I will soldier on because I find the era from 1920 to 1932 to be severely underreported.  If I were a more enterprising baseball researcher, perhaps this would be an era to write a book about.  Unfortunately, I work about 60 hours a week at my own job.  I would not have the time to undertake something like that.  

Anyway, let's talk about Otis Miller.  Miller made his Major League debut with the St. Louis Browns in 1927, playing in 51 games as a 26-year-old rookie.  He re-emerged in Boston three years later and spent two seasons splitting time between third and second base.  He eclipsed 100 games played in each of 1930 and 1931.  In 1930, he had a pretty decent season, hitting .286/.333/.373 with 22 doubles, five triples, 40 RBIs and more walks than strikeouts.  His numbers dipped the next season to .272/.301/.308 with 12 doubles and 43 RBIs.

1932 saw Miller play in just two games, getting two pinch-hitting at-bats that came up empty.  He was released in April and never made it back to the Major Leagues.

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