Ben Rortvedt is batting .095 with a .398 OPS, despite his stat line being ugly enough to make you blind, it made history.
On August 20th, Rortvedt made history in the worst way possible. It is a mark that could only be replicated by a player who is struggling and given the perfect on-base situation.
Rortvedt stood at the plate with his then .098 average against the Boston Red Sox in the 9th inning with two outs. The Yankees were down 6-5, but both the tying and winning runs were on base.
The 25-year-old catcher was the first player in the last 50 seasons to enter a plate appearance with a sub .100 batting average, while being his team’s potential final out with both potential game tying and winning runs on base. He flew out to center and the Yankees extended their losing streak to 8.