Respect the Rockett
Deadspin’s compilation of the 100 worst baseball players ever includes seven former Atlanta Braves: Rafael Belliard, Luis Gomez, Julian Tavarez, Bob Uecker, Ozzie Guillen, “Fat” Andruw Jones (for his 2008 season) and John Rocker (character, or lack of, counted in this list).
Pat Rockett should demand a recount. The San Antonio product batted .214 in 152 games with a .288 OBP and .251 slugging percentage. He was equally hapless with the glove, committing 28 errors with a .949 fielding percentage in 137 games at shortstop. Rockett, the 10th pick in the 1973 amateur draft, was selected ahead of Fred Lynn, Eddie Murray and a veteran Braves broadcaster not named Don Sutton.
And where’s the love for Kevin Coffman, whose career 1.934 WHIP makes Kyle Davies seem like Greg Maddux in comparison? Coffman (6.42 career ERA) walked 95 and allowed 119 hits in 110 innings, striking out just 47. Worse still, he was traded for Jody Davis, who had a .473 OPS in parts of two seasons with the Braves.
An honorable mention is due Corky Miller, who, despite a lifetime .188 BA and .570 OPS, has played in parts of 10 seasons in the majors.