David Bell – If you look back at David Bell’s stats, it may not be evident why he is on this list. His second season with the Phils he hit .291 with 18 homers. Of course, the year before he hit .195. And the year after hitting .291 he was second in the league in grounding into double plays. But it wasn’t just that David Bell sucked, it was how David Bell sucked. There was just something about him that many of us didn’t like. The way he swung a bat. The way he fielded a ball. The way he threw the ball to first. It was all very unappealing. And we had to listen to company man Chris Wheeler verbally copulate Bell every time he did anything remotely adequate. When someone spends so much time trying to convince the listening audience that a player doesn’t suck, there is a good chance he actually does.
One reader didn't agree with that analysis...
David Bell was worth 25 million dollars as a Phillie. They paid him 16 million. Vastly underappreciated, is more like it. ~DKulich
My take- David Bell hit .258/.715 in 4 seasons with the Phils while playing poor defense. Between 2004-2005 he made 45 errors at 3rd, and it's not like he made up for it with his thunderous stick either. I hated how Wheels always preached that Bell "did all the little things right", because if by little he meant hitting into 56 rally-killing double plays while only hitting 38 homeruns during his time with Philly, then yes, he's the f'n King of Little Things. Bottom line, I don't care what any fancy statistical metric for measuring players true worth says about David Bell, he sucked and was not worth the years or money the Phils laid on the table for him (4 yr $16M), especially not a preposterous $25M over that span.