In July of 2006, one of the hottest debates in baseball focused on the perennially last-place Kansas City Royals. The team was back in the cellar, and with the All-Star break approaching, the question became: Do we REALLY need every team represented on the damn All-Star team? Who could possibly go to PNC Park to rep the Royals?
Usually, even bad teams have SOMEBODY who can be reasonably considered an All-Star. Not the ’06 Royals. Instead they sent Mr. Mark Redman, a lefty pitcher who, with a 6-4 record at the Break, was the only Royals starter with a winning record. Just how bad of an All Star was Redman? The cursory numbers don’t do justice to the horrifying nature of this man being an All Star. At the ’06 break, Redman had a 5.27 ERA, and a perfectly bad 32-32 BB/SO ratio. Opposing batters had a .354 on-base percentage and hit for an .808 OPS against Redman, who had also thrown ten wild pitches in fourteen starts.
Redman was a brutal All-star, to be sure. But it’s not his fault that every team has to have a player there. He must have felt like such a putz walking into the AL clubhouse, looking around. “Hey guys, I’m Mark.”
All told, Redman was an average MLB pitcher. He last pitched for the Rockies in 2008, and finished his career with a 68-85 record in 203 starts. His 4.85 career ERA is on the low-end of mediocre, kinda close to bad.
On the bright side, Redman had a pretty good season for the ’03 championship Marlins. That year he won a career-high fourteen games, and posted a solid 3.59 ERA in 29 starts for Florida. He started game two of the World Series that year, but had a rocky outing, giving up four runs in 2+ innings. That was his only year with Florida, as the classic “Win-the-World-Series-then-have-a-firesale” cycle took Redman as a victim. The Marlins sent Redman to Oakland, and he was never the same afterward.
Redman might not have been the best All-Star in 2006, but he WAS there. He didn’t pitch in that game, but he was among the giants of the game for one wonderful night. Then he headed back to Kansas City. Predictably, the Royals finished in last place.