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Russell Martin vs. History Tracker

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Your modern-era non-performance poster boy, but Martin is gaining. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Your modern-era non-performance poster boy, but Martin is gaining. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Worst single-season performances by a Yankees catcher of the last 60 years, 400 plate appearance minimum, as ranked by Baseball Prospectus's True Average, a stat which sums up total offense of the same scale as batting average (.300 is good, .265 or so is average, .210 is bad):

Rank

YEAR

PA

AVG

OBA

SLG

TAv

1

Jake Gibbs

1968

460

.213

.270

.277

.215

2

Joe Girardi

1997

433

.264

.311

.334

.222

3

Jake Gibbs

1967

411

.233

.291

.289

.224

4

Elston Howard

1965

418

.233

.278

.345

.235

Russell Martin

2012

251

.178

.299

.341

.240

5

Joe Girardi

1996

471

.294

.346

.374

.248