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.

Cristian Guzmán

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Cristian Guzmán

Cristian Guzmán may not have received as much recognition as some of the other players on this list, but he was a damn good baseball player.

Guzmán was a two-time MLB All Star and had a successful 11-year career in the big leagues.

It's safe to say few people saw that coming after Guzmán had arguably the worst rookie season in baseball history.

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Cristian Guzmán may not have received as much recognition as some of the other players on this list, but he was a damn good baseball player.

Guzmán was a two-time MLB All Star and had a successful 11-year career in the big leagues.

It's safe to say few people saw that coming after Guzmán had arguably the worst rookie season in baseball history.

Playing shortstop for the 1999 Minnesota Twins, Guzmán started 126 games.

He had a batting average of only .226 and a downright dreadful on-base percentage of .267 for the season. He hit only one home run all year and struck out more than four times as often as he drew a walk.

He also committed 24 errors in the field that season.

The Twins lost almost 100 games that year, and then manager Tom Kelly was blunt in his assessment.

"Probably none of [our] rookies should be in the big leagues," Kelly said.

But Guzmán stuck around and improved immensely, hitting .302 and posting a 4.6 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) rating a mere two seasons later.

The crazy part is that Guzmán could've easily been cut after his rookie season and no one would've batted an eye.

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