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Of all MLB players who have made the all-star team at least twice, who has the lowest career WAR?

Is there a way to answer this question with baseball-reference or mlb savant? Or do you have to write some SQL?

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  • Certainly possible with Stathead (baseball reference stats search), but requires an account nowadays to get useful results (they hide the first 10). One batter has negative WAR who fits your criteria, amusingly (but they hide the result, so don't know who it is).
    – Joe
    Commented Oct 17, 2022 at 15:54

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Worst hitters with at least two All-Star appearances

Rk Player AS Career WAR From To
1 Hal Smith 2 1.9 1956 1965
2 Hal Wagner 2 2.5 1937 1949
3 Dave Ferriss 2 2.9 1945 1950
4 Blue Moon Odom 2 3.2 1964 1976
5 Jim Finigan 2 3.4 1954 1959
6 Harvey Haddix 3 3.4 1952 1965
7 Birdie Tebbetts 4 3.7 1936 1952
8 Rollie Hemsley 5 3.8 1928 1947
9 Don Mueller 2 4.2 1948 1959
10 Leo Durocher 3 4.3 1925 1945

Full list at: https://stathead.com/tiny/T6CHr

I'm assuming you don't want the pitcher's WAR for hitting included in this list. I excluded pitchers from the batting war by setting a requirement of 15% in any non-pitching position. Blue Moon Odom (a pitcher) still sneaks into this list, because he was frequently used a pinch runner. I didn't want to filter out any other legit hitters who were used as a pinch runner in their career.

Worst pitchers with at least two All-Star appearances

Rk Player Career WAR IP From To
1 Gregory Soto 1.9 254.1 2019 2023
2 Blue Moon Odom 2.2 1509 1964 1976
3 Luis Arroyo 3.3 531.1 1955 1963
4 Mike Williams 3.6 768.1 1992 2003
5 Kazuhiro Sasaki 3.7 223.1 2000 2003
6 Joel Hanrahan 4.3 404.2 2007 2013
7 Chris Pérez 4.7 379.1 2008 2014
8 David Bednar 5.2 183.2 2019 2023
9 Al Javery 5.6 1142.2 1940 1946
10 Ryne Duren 5.7 589.1 1954 1965

I don't know why stathead is not including the All-Star appearance in their final table.

For the pitchers, I had to set a minimum innings pitched of 150 innings. Otherwise, you'd get guys like Jose Canseco in there who pitched a couple innnigs. Why 150 innings? There's a Yankee outfielder, Ben Chapman, who was a 3x All-Star in the 1930s. In his career he pitched 141 innings.

Full list at: https://stathead.com/tiny/jwARF

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  • Cool list. Harvey Haddix from the first list is also a pitcher who did a lot of PR. Rollie Hemsley and Leo Durocher were even all stars in years where they had negative war.
    – dgrogan
    Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 18:40

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