Being a rookie would mostly suck. It’s gotta feel a lot like the first day at a new school where you don’t know anyone, except for your entire school day is broadcast on ROOT Sports Northwest.
Facing Major League competition for the first time is already a tall ask, and now they have advanced nerd numbers to show just how bad you truly are? Not for me. I’ll stick to my Sporcle quizzes please and thank you.
Since the turn of the century, there have been 13 Mariner rookies to post a negative bWAR in 150 plate appearances or more. In the entire history of the Mariners, there are quite a few fellas who were shoved in a locker every day of their rookie season. Darnell Coles, for example, hit .161/.259/.196 in 1984, giving him a -1.7 bWAR and the distinction of worst rookie season in Mariner history (min. 150 plate appearances). Spike Owen, Manny Castillo, and Orlando Mercado are just a few of the others who should have been home schooled rather than trying to acclimate with the new kids.
To save you all some time and sanity, we’ve limited this list to players who’ve debuted since 2000. Next week we can do pitchers if you’d like.