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Top 25 Overhyped MLB Players Of All-Time

Mike - August 15, 2019
Lists

Top 25 Overhyped MLB Players Of All-Time

Mike - August 15, 2019

Barry Zito:

Zito came out smoking hot when the Oakland Athletics drafted him out of the University of Southern California in 1999. He picked up the MLB game quickly, going an astonishing 23-5 in 2002 to win the American League Cy Young.

He made the All-Star team again in 2003 and a third time in 2006, persuading the San Francisco Giants to reward him with a seven-year contract worth $126 million. There’s not much else to say other than Zito’s play dropped off a cliff after that. He ended his career with a subpar 165-143 record and a lofty 4.04 ERA. Zito did help the Giants win the 2012 World Series, but he is still one of the most overrated – and overpaid – starting pitchers in MLB history.

Roger Maris:

Maris held one of baseball’s most hallowed records for many years with his 61 round-trips in 1961. He was the AL MVP that year and the previous year of 1960. Other than that, however, other players on the New York Yankees largely overshadowed him.

Maris was a career .260 hitter, not a number that matches his legendary status. He led the American League in home runs in 1961, of course, and in RBI in both 1960 and 1961. Outside of those two magical years, Maris failed to put many relevant numbers on paper. Injuries slowed him during multiple seasons as well. Maris did make seven All-Star Games and win three World Series titles. He ended his career with 275 home runs and 850 RBI. Not bad at all, but definitely underwhelming based on how much Maris is talked about as another legendary Yankee.

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