The 2008 Mets have started 12 different left fielders this season, none of whom have started more than 23 games. How unusual is this?
Fewest games started by team-leader at any position, excluding pitchers and designated hitters, 1956-2007, excluding strike seasons:
Fewest games started by team-leader at a given position, 1956-2007, excluding strike seasons:
What do these teams have in common? None made the playoffs, and only the 1961 Cardinals (80-74) and the 2000 Rockies (82-80) had winning records. Six of the teams lost over 100 games.
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