The Indians placed Yan Gomes on the DL with a separated shoulder on Monday, potentially (mercifully) ending his miserable season.
If his 2016 campaign really is over, it will go down as one of the worst offensive seasons in baseball history:
If Yan Gomes season is over, he finishes .0001 points shy of the worst on-base percentage in American League history pic.twitter.com/HeSe5Uxoz0
— Ryan McCrystal (@TribeFanMcC) July 18, 2016
To date, Fritz Buelow (of the Cleveland Naps) and Ossee Schrecongost are the only players in American League history with at least 250 plate appearances and an OBP under .200, which would make Gomes the first to accomplish the feat in 111 years.
To put that into perspective, 111 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt was president of the 45 United States and baseball was still more than decade away from first being broadcast on the radio.
To further put that number into perspective, of the 39 pitchers in Indians history to accumulate at least 250 plate appearance, 26 of them managed to generate an on-base percentage higher than .200.
Hopefully Gomes can spend his extra-long offseason getting healthy and finding his stroke in time for the 2017 campaign.