Uggla then proceeded to make a third error (admittedly, on a terrible hop) on a ball hit to him in the 13th. His line for the night -- 0-4, w/ 3 K's, 1 GIDP, and 3 errors. I wanted to look back through All-Star history to see if anyone, ever had had such a horrible game.
In looking at previous All-Star performances, I didn't look at game context -- giving up 5 runs in the 5th was worse than giving up 3 in the 9th. I didn't look at whether the pitcher got a loss for his effort or whatever. It was time-consuming enough looking back through 75 years of All-Star games at boxscores to determine the worst all-time, All-Star performances.
Here's what I found:
First -- no one in All-Star history has ever made 3 errors in an All-Star game. Only 7 players before had made 2 -- the last being Nomar Garciaparra in 2000.
Second -- only 13 people had ever struck out 3 times in an All-Star game -- the last of whom was Albert Belle in 1996. This list is made up of some pretty good players including Lou Gerhig, Johnny Bench, and Willie McCovey. Mickey Mantle and Dick Allen actually homered AND struck out 3 times in the same All-Star games in '56 and '67, respectively. And the immortal Roberto Clemente is the only person to ever strike out 4 times in an All-Star game in 1967. Nobody on this list is also on the list of players who made 2 errors in a game.
There have also been some horrendous pitching performances in All-Star games. Some of these names include Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Catfish Hunter, and Carl Hubbell.
Because it's difficult to compare hitting and pitching performances, I decided to create 2 lists -- 1 for the 5 worst pitching performances in All-Star games and 1 for the 5 worst performances by position players in All-Star games. So, w/o further ado...
The 5 worst pitching performances in All-Star Games:
#5.(tie) Gene Conley, 1954 Milwaukee Braves and Catfish Hunter, 1970 Oakland A's -- .1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 HR. Hunter actually has been credited w/ a HOLD for his performance (showing exactly how screwy some of these stats really are).
#4. Roger Clemens, 2004 Houston Astros -- 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 HR. Roger started this game in the Juice Box in Houston and the game was over before the NL came to bat.
#3. Blue Moon Odom, 1969 Oakland A's -- .1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HR
#2. Sandy Consuegra, 1954 Chicago White Sox -- .1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER. Consuegra was not to be outdone by Conley's terrible performance!
#1: Worst pitching performance in an All-Star game ever -- Atlee Hammaker, 1983 San Francisco Giants -- .2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 1BB, 2 HR including Fred Lynn's grand slam. I remember this game well. The AL went on to trounce the NL 13-3, thus ending the NL's All-Star game winning streak at 11.
Now, for the 5 worst performances by position players in All-Star Game history:
#5 (tie, sorry...I just couldn't leave it at 5 -- not w/ so many rich names from which to choose). Roberto Clemente, 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates -- 1-6, 4 K's; Tony Oliva, 1967 Minnesota Twins -- 2-6, 3 K's, 2 CS's -- ('67 was a bad year for hitters in the ASG); Lou Gehrig -- 1934 Yankees -- 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K's, 1 error
#4. Johnny Roseboro, 1961 L.A. Dodgers -- 0-3, 3 K's, 1 SB against (he was catching)
#3. Gene Alley, (here we go again!) 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates -- 0-5, 3 K's
#2. Pete Reiser, 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers -- 0-4, 2 K's, 1 GIDP, 2 errors. Reiser is the only player whose performance really comes close to how miserable Uggla's performance was last night.
#1. Dan Uggla, 2008 Florida Marlins -- 0-4, 3 K's, 1 GIDP, 3 errors. This doesn't make Uggla a bad player. It just means he had a horrendous game. Indeed, I didn't set out to kick the man while he's down but there's no other position player whose worst ASG performance was close to Uggla's last night. It doesn't mean he didn't deserve to be on the team -- he certainly did but you just can't make that line look good at all. Sorry, Dan.
I'd still say that Hammaker's performance was the worst of all time by any player and maybe Consequera's and Odom's were worse than Uggla's as well. I do hope that people remember how great the game was last night and not how terrible Uggla was but, make no mistake, he was terrible.