Friday, February 14, 2020

"The 10 least consequential athletes of the decade"

A list by Jon Bois:

Chris Pettit
Pinch runner, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2011

In this decade, Chris Pettit came tantalizingly close to playing the least amount of baseball a Major League Baseball player can possibly play.

Pettit appeared in exactly one 2010s game. On April 8, 2011, the Angels trailed the Blue Jays by a run with two out in the bottom of the ninth. After slow-footed catcher Hank Conger singled, Pettit, who had shown impressive speed in the minors, was sent in as his pinch runner. Up next was 24-year-old Peter Bourjos, by no means a power hitter. In this situation, Pettit likely took a fairly conservative lead off first.

Bourjos struck out on four pitches. Pettit walked off the field and was never seen in the major leagues again.