It takes a perfect storm for a player to have a season as bad as Luis Valbuena in 2010.
In an ideal world, Valbuena never would have accumulated over 300 PA on the major league level this past season. But the Indians just didn’t have many other options.
As a result, he became the first Indian to hit under .200 with at least 300 PA since 1917, when both Steve O’Neill and Joe Evans accomplished the feat.
Now the question Valbuena needs to answer: is he the next O’Neill, who would later hit over .300 and finish 6th in the 1922 MVP voting? Or is he the next Evans, who was relegated to the bench and never again was given 300 PA with the Tribe?