These 15 Star Athletes Had Nightmare Rookie Seasons

First impressions can be deceiving. These 15 legends overcame truly terrible rookie seasons to have stellar pro careers.

Alex Rodriguez

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Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez entered Major League Baseball accompanied by a deafening amount of hype.

As a senior at Westminster Christian School (Palmetto Bay, Florida), A-Rod batted .505 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 35 stolen bases in 33 games.

The Seattle Mariners then selected him with the first overall pick in the 1993 MLB Draft, and Rodriguez debuted in the big leagues roughly 13 months later.

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Alex Rodriguez entered Major League Baseball accompanied by a deafening amount of hype.

As a senior at Westminster Christian School (Palmetto Bay, Florida), A-Rod batted .505 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 35 stolen bases in 33 games.

The Seattle Mariners then selected him with the first overall pick in the 1993 MLB Draft, and Rodriguez debuted in the big leagues roughly 13 months later.

He played in just 17 MLB games during the 1994 season, batting a meager .204 in that span.

Rodriguez played in 48 games the next year, which qualified as his actual rookie season, and didn't do much better.

He hit just .232 on the season and registered seven times as many strikeouts (42) as walks. 

But Rodriguez exploded in 1996, totaling a .358 batting average to go along with 36 home runs and 123 RBIs.

He retired in 2016 as a 14-time All Star, a 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a three-time AL MVP.

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