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Biggest One Season Wonders

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Obviously everyone who will be mentioned in this thread will be linked to steroids, but lets see how many guys we can name that had Monster years DURING their career and never came close to those numbers.

Richard Hidalgo 2000: .314 44 122 with 13 steals (career .269 hitter with under 200 career bombs)

Brady Anderson (DUH) 1996: .297 50 110 with 21 steals (career .256 hitter with 210 homers in 14 years)

Fernando Tatis (1999) .298 34 107 with 21 steals (career .262 hitter with under 100 bombs)

Pat Hentgen 1996: 20-10 3.22 ERA with 177 K's (not really belonging on this list as he was a decent pitcher but 96 was amazing for him)

Wanted to add Ellis burks for his mammoth 1996 season but i was astounded to find he was remarkably good throughout career with many great seasons. look up his stats you will be shocked

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Morgan Ensberg 2005 - .283, 30 Doubles, 36 HR, 101 RBIs, .557 SLG, .945 OPS

Although he had a pretty darn good career, this 1 year was unreal:

Luis Gonzalez 2001 - .325, 57 HRs, 142 RBIs, .668 SLG, 1.117 OPS

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Richard Hidalgo. Oh GAWD.

He almost did it all again at the start of 2004 and then midseason right after he got traded to the Mets.

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Jeff Blauser in his walk years...

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Joe Charboneau, without a doubt. He is and will be defined as the one year wonder. What a character -- I recall him opening bottle caps with his eye socket. In any event, the following is his write up in Wikipedia:

Joseph Charboneau (born June 17, 1955 in Belvidere, Illinois) was a Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and is one of the most often-cited examples of baseball's fabled sophomore jinx.

"Super Joe" Charboneau made his debut with the Indians in 1980, splitting time between left field and designated hitter. His 23 home runs led the team and he captured the city's imagination with his hard hitting and his eccentricities. While not as wild as Dennis Rodman, his tendency to dye his hair unnatural colors, open beer bottles with his eye socket, and drink beer with a straw through his nose, and other stories that emerged about how he did his own dental work and fixed a broken nose with a pair of pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel's whiskey, stood out in 1980. By mid-season, Charboneau was the subject of a song--"Go Joe Charboneau"--that reached #3 on the local charts.

He finished the season with 87 runs batted in and a .289 batting average while winning the American League Rookie of the Year award--all in spite of being stabbed with a ball-point pen by a crazed fan as he waited for the team bus on March 8. The pen penetrated an inch and hit a rib, but Charboneau played his first regular-season game just over a month later, on April 11. He missed the final six weeks of the season with a pelvis injury.

Charboneau injured his back in a headfirst slide in spring training the following year, and he never hit higher than .214 in the major leagues again. He was sent to the minors halfway through the 1981 season after hitting only .210--becoming the first Rookie of the Year to find himself back in the minors the following season--and only appeared in 22 games in 1982. He underwent back surgery twice but never fully recovered, and the Indians released him in 1983.

Charboneau now works as a minor-league hitting coach.

Charboneau was an extra in the 1984 film The Natural.

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More of a three year wonder... Jay Buhner

1995 86 R 40 HR 121 RBI

1996 107 R 44 HR 138 RBI

1997 104 R 40 HR 109 RBI

He never hit triple digits in R or RBI in any other season and never topped 27 HR in any other season. This is a guy who had 5,000+ career ABs over 15 seasons.

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The thing about Joe is that he disappeared after the one year. It was like he made a deal with the devil and he was gone after that. Guys mentioned in this thread went on to play and perform, possibly not at the same level. however, they did not disappear like Super Joe.

Another guy that comes to mind is Mark Fidrych. He was another Rookie of the year in 1976. He won 19 games that year with a sub 2.50 era and won a combined 10 more games the rest of his career. The guy was awesome to watch in 76.

Edited by Hammers

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Charlie Kerfeld for the Astros in 1986 : 11-2, 7 Saves, 2.69 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 77 Ks

A classic clip of the one time wonderboy during an interview after the Stros clinched the NL West

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So the updated list now includes:

The ROTOWORLD One Year Wonder Hall Of fame Inductees

Richard Hidalgo

Brady Anderson

Fernando Tatis

Bret Boone

Morgan Ensberg

Adrian Beltre

The rest are worthy of consideration in the Rotoworld One year Wonder HOF but not quite there

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Adrian Beltre. Not that his other years were that bad, it is just that that year during his contract year was amazing and he is yet to even come close to repeating those numbers.

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I'm still going to go with Esteban Loaiza.

EDIT: Dammit! prb beat me to it but in my defense, I did mention him in another topic a little while ago...

Edited by bob_stephen198

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So the updated list now includes:

The ROTOWORLD One Year Wonder Hall Of fame Inductees

Richard Hidalgo

Brady Anderson

Fernando Tatis

Bret Boone

Morgan Ensberg

Adrian Beltre

The rest are worthy of consideration in the Rotoworld One year Wonder HOF but not quite there

Did you at least view the entire Charlie Kerfeld YouTube clip? He should be on the list for getting away with pouring two beers on Nolan Ryan's head during a TV interview. Come on now!

Edited by NYBmbSquad

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Did you at least view the entire Charlie Kerfeld YouTube clip? He should be on the list for getting away with pouring two beers on Nolan Ryan's head during a TV interview. Come on now!

That was great

Ryan did get him back though

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How do you not include Joe Charboneau and Fidrych on the list -- is it because they were playing prior to Fantasy?

The topic is "Biggest one time wonders, Guys who exploded for Monster season out of blue"

Edited by Hammers

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