When you think about baseball in the 1990s, names like
General guidelines used are at least 10 years played several of which were spent as a starter, a career average below .265 and not so stellar power numbers – 15-20 home runs and 70 RBIs a season. Keep in mind, other factors, such as funny memories and the comedic value of a player's name, can weigh in as well. Also keep in mind, this list is almost 100 percent arbitrary.
Feel free to add players you thought should be included in the comment section.
Butch Huskey. This is based solely on the fact that his name is Butch Huskey.
A career .262 hitter, Hayes usually finished with between eight and 15 home runs a season and cracked 20 just once. He never reach 100 RBIs either, and floated around 45-65 a year for most of his career.
4. Mickey Morandini, OF
When you think about what Mickey Morandini did well during his 11-year career, a few things come to mind: he only grounded into 94 double plays in 4,558 at-bats (that's .02 per game, for the fans counting at home) and he finished 24th in MVP voting for the NL in 1998. But when those are the things you did well, you're probably pretty mediocre.
Morandini hit .262 in his career, same as Hayes, and never had more than 10 home runs in a season – he averaged about four per campaign. He did steal roughly 15 bases a year, but six seasons with an average below .260 earn him a spot on this list.
3. Pete Incaviglia, LF
To be honest, I don't think I had ever heard of Incaviglia before making this list, but it really doesn't matter. The Pete Incaviglia Rule, which yes, is a real thing, was created to prevent recently drafted players from being traded immediately after being signed. If that doesn't scream mediocrity, I just don't know what does anymore.
Incaviglia hit .246 lifetime but actually turned in some decent power numbers in the early stages of his career – five straight 20 home run seasons, starting as a rookie. In all but one of those years, as well, he had 80-plus RBIs. He was connected to steroids a decade after his retirement, which may explain those outlying statistics.
Either way, juiced up or not, he has a rule named after him. That's plenty for me.
Although his career didn’t really get going until the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bell epitomizes mediocrity of this era. He didn’t hit for average, power, or anything really. He played for seven different teams in 12 years, finishing his career with a less than stellar .257 average and 123 home runs. He never had more than 80 RBIs in a single season and hit more than 15 long balls just three times. His finest year came in 2004, when Bell hit .291 with 18 home runs and 77 RBIs with the
Another guy who didn’t really establish his mediocrity until the early 2000s, Relaford was known much more for his defense than his bat. In true average fashion, he played every position except catcher and first base during his 11-year career, which saw him play for seven different teams. He even pitched an inning for the