These 15 Star Athletes Had Nightmare Rookie Seasons

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Greg Maddux

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Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux baffled MLB hitters for the better part of two decades.

He is the only pitcher in history to record over 300 wins, over 3,000 strikeouts, and fewer than 1,000 walks.

He's also the only pitcher to have won at least 15 games for 17 consecutive seasons.

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Greg Maddux baffled MLB hitters for the better part of two decades.

He is the only pitcher in history to record over 300 wins, over 3,000 strikeouts, and fewer than 1,000 walks.

He's also the only pitcher to have won at least 15 games for 17 consecutive seasons.

Also a dynamic fielder, Maddux's 18 Gold Gloves represent yet another MLB record.

Looking at all these accolades, it's hard to believe Maddux was horrendous in his rookie season.

In 1987, Maddux's first full year in the pros, he totaled a 5.61 ERA and a 6-14 record in 27 starts.

By almost any measure, Maddux was the worst starting pitcher in the National League that season.

But he continued to improve, and by the mid 90s, he was arguably the most dominant pitcher in the world.

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