Apr 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of the hat and glove of Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer the field prior to a game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Victor Marte – Relief Pitcher
Most of the players on this list needed to stink for a significant amount of time before earning enshrinement here. However, I made a special exception for Victor Marte because he posted the lowest career fWAR (wins above replacement) of any relief pitcher in KC Royals history in a mere 39.2 innings pitched.
That’s pretty impressive.
The Kansas City Royals signed the then 20-year-old Marte as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2000. Marte bounced around the minors for a number of seasons before pitching in Japan. He made his way to the major-leagues when the KC Royals brought him stateside in 2009 under former Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman, who skippered the Royals from 2008-10.
In eight games in 2009, Marte posted a 8.25 ERA in 12.0 innings. Undeterred by his struggles, the KC Royals brought him back in 2010 so Marte could give up eight home runs in 27.2 innings, on his way to a stellar 9.76 ERA in 22 games. Somehow, Victor Marte managed a 3-0 record in his Kansas City Royals career despite tossing batting practice for opposing hitters.
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