With the Barney arbitration talk the last couple of days...I did a bit of preliminary research into the depth of the badness that was Darwin Barney at the plate in 2013. Barney had an OPS of .569...with over 500 at bats...something no Cubs' player has done since Don Kessinger in 1968(and, ah...he was an All-Star that year). Kessinger's .245 BA, makes his season look a bit better...and he would eventually win a Gold Glove the next year. Kessinger was also in a line-up with Banks, Santo, Williams and Hundley...thus the slick-fielding, light-hitting SS was well protected. So I pose these queries?
Would we mind Barney a lot less if we had a respectable offense?
In Kessinger's day, it was perfectly acceptable for a middle infielder to play good defense and any offense was just a bonus...today, not so much. In 2014, should a player like Barney even be a regular...on any team?
Is this too much time discussing Darwin Barney?