Forgetting 2020: One Player From Each MLB Franchise That Is Forgotten (2010’s)

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Baseball player Alex Rodriguez and television personality Carson Daly during NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2008 with Carson Daly in Times Square on December 31, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)

Thank God 2020 is finally coming to an end, and what a horrible year it was, from the ongoing pandemic, to murder hornets, and oh yeah, us in Nashville also got smacked by a tornado in the beginning of the year, which was easy for me to forget. But with the New Year coming, it really would be hard for us to drop farther down than we already are, so we will learn to forget and move on. Great segue, cause today I wanted to look back at every teams most forgotten player from this last decade, and how they have been passed over, just like we all hope to do to 2020. Now by forgotten, I mean a player that many fans would think back and completely forget he was on their team, whether his impact was big, or small.

Lets get it started.

Baltimore Orioles

Jim Thome (2012)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 19: Jim Thome #25 of the Baltimore Orioles bats against the Minnesota Twins on July 19, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Orioles defeated the Twins 4-3. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

Remember when Hall of Famer Jim Thome played for the postseason bound Baltimore Orioles in 2012? Yeah neither did I. Thome was traded over in late June for two prospects and posted a respectful .744 OPS in 115 plate appearances and got the start in the Wild Card game against the Texas Rangers.

Toronto Blue Jays

Liam Hendriks (2014-2015)

TORONTO, CANADA – MAY 9: Liam Hendriks #31 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 9, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Hendriks has burst on the scene since taking over the closing duties for the A’s the last two seasons. But before 2019, Hendriks was an average to below average reliever for his entire career, playing for the Twins, Royals and Blue Jays. In his parts of two seasons for the team north of our border, Hendriks posted a 4.10 ERA in 78 innings.

New York Yankees

Rich Hill (2014)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 05: Rich Hill #57 of the New York Yankees in action against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on August 5, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 4-3 after 12 innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I wouldnt blame you for not remembering Rich Hill on the Yankees, considering he only threw 5.1 innings in 2014 after getting released by the Angels. Those 5.1 innings were good ones though, as he posted a 1.69 (nice) ERA with a 243 ERA+. Hill’s career then took off a few years later when Boston picked him up the following offseason.

Boston Red Sox

Grady Sizemore (2014)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 06: Grady Sizemore #38 of the Boston Red Sox hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the interleague game at Fenway Park on May 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Sizemore will always be remembered as a Cleveland Indian, as from 2006-2008 he looked like the next big superstar in the game, garnering 3 straight All-Star appearances, and three top 15 MVP finishes. Injuries and bad performances eventually removed Sizemore from the league all together, but before that, he made a 52 game stop in Boston and squeaked out a .612 OPS for a last place Red Sox team.

Tampa Bay Rays

Hideki Matsui (2012)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 22: Pinch hitter Hideki Matsui #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners July 22, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Seattle won 2 – 1. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The last stop of Hideki Matsui’s career came in Tampa Bay in 2012, as the long time Yankee star was entering the twilight of his career at the ripe age of 38. During his 34 games with the team, he struggled mightily hitting to a .147/.214/.221 line with a .435 OPS. Matsui was then released and announced his retirement not too long after.

Detroit Tigers

Robbie Ray (2014)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 12: Robbie Ray #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during inter-league play at PNC Park on August 12, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ray started his career with the Tigers, before getting shipped off to Arizona in a three team trade that also included Shane Greene and Didi Gregorius. Ray went on to have a pretty decent career with the Diamondbacks, being named to the 2017 All-Star team, and since then, has struggled in 2019 and 2020.

Minnesota Twins

Kendrys Morales (2014)

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 24: Kendrys Morales #17 of the Minnesota Twins hits a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for his second RBI of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 24, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

When I think of Morales career, the first thing that pops to my head is him fracturing his left lef after hitting a walk off grand slam back in 2010. The last thing that pops into my head is when he played 39 games for the Minnesota Twins back in 2014, probably because he posted a .584 OPS and was traded to Seattle for Stephen Pryor.

Kansas City Royals

Miguel Tejada (2013)

KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 6: Miguel Tejada #24 of the Kansas City Royals throws to first against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium August, 6, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

This picture just looks so weird to me, like Miguel Tejada played his last season, the year Kris Bryant played his first, something about that rubs me the wrong way. The 2002 AL MVP (and forgotten Moneyball character) played 53 games for the 2013 Kansas City Royals and posted a .695 OPS in his age 39 season.

Cleveland Indians

Jesus Aguilar (2014-2016)

GOODYEAR, AZ – FEBRUARY 27: Jesus Aguilar #36 of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait during photo day at the Cleveland Indians Development Complex on February 27, 2016 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Aguilar played parts of three seasons with Cleveland from 2014 to 2016, but only totaled 64 plate appearances in that span. He was the put on irrevocable waivers in 2017 and Milwaukee picked him up, and then when he got his first full time opportunity, took off and was named a 2018 All-Star and finished 16th in the AL MVP voting that same season.

Chicago White Sox

Mat Latos (2016)

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 06: Mat Latos #38 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning on May 6, 2016 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Mat Latos was an outstanding pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 2010 to 2014, but it seemed that one moment in the postseason, when Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants hit a grand slam off of him in win or go home game 5, he just was never the same again. After that game, Latos went from Miami to the Dodgers, to the Angels, the White Sox, Nationals and finally the Blue Jays. And last I saw of him, he was beating the shit out of someone in an Indy Ball game, so that’s badass.

Oakland A’s

Hideki Okajima (2013)

MILWAUKEE, WI – JUNE 03: Hideki Okajima #39 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the interleague game at Miller Park on June 03, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

While this delivery is not really beautiful to look at, Okajima actually had a pleasant to the eyes sort of career, and was highly undervalued. The problem with Okajima was the fact he came into the league too late, coming in for the Red Sox at age 31, and posting three great years with the club. He followed that with two subpar seasons, and missed all of 2012. Thats when the always sneaky A’s came in and picked him up. Okajima only pitched in five games for the A’s in 2013, put posted a solid 2.25 ERA and 189 ERA+ in his age 37 season.

Los Angeles Angels

Tim Lincecum (2016)

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 19: Tim Lincecum #55 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

I will never forget the prime of Lincecum, growing up in the Bay Area, but damn, how hard he fell off was insane to see, from being the best pitcher in the game, to one of the worst pitchers in the game within a two year span. The trip to the Angels concluded his career in the Majors, as he posted a 9.16 ERA in 38.1 innings and was sent down, never to be seen again.

Texas Rangers

Matt Garza (2014)

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 09: Matt Garza #22 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 9, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

There was once a time, long long ago, when Matt Garza was a big name in baseball, and he was coveted in trade talks. Garza was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers on January 8th 2011 with two prospects in exchange for Chris Archer, Robinson Chirinos, Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer. Garza went on to play only 13 games for Texas and posted a 4.38 ERA in 84.1 innings.

Seattle Mariners

Rickie Weeks (2015)

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 12: Rickie Weeks #25 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on April 12, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 8-7. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

Did you know Rickie Weeks played in the big leagues until 2017? Cause I had absolutely no idea before doing some research. After spending the first eleven years of his career with the Brewers, Weeks signed with the Mariners, and played 37 games for them in 2015, posting a .513 OPS in his age 32 season.

Houston Astros

Armando Galarraga (2012)

CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 13: Armando Galarraga #30 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning on August 13, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Just a few seasons after his “perfect game” Galarraga really fell off the cliff, but to be fair, outside of 2008 and parts of 2010, he really was never even an average pitcher in the big leagues. But because of that moment on June 2nd 2010, he will forever be remembered in baseball lore, and his name will never be forgotten.

Washington Nationals

Brad Lidge (2012)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 15: Brad Lidge #54 of the Washington Nationals walks off the field after being removed from the game in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park on June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Brad Lidge’s up and down career came to an end in 2012, after his horrific 11 game stretch with the first place Washington Nationals. For the season, Lidge pitched to a 9.64 ERA with 2.46 WHIP, spelling the end to his career that saw him on a constant rollercoaster ride of emotion, capitalized by him closing out the 2008 World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Atlanta Braves

Billy Wagner (2010)

ATLANTA – APRIL 07: Reliever Billy Wagner #13 of the Atlanta Braves tosses the final pitch to give the Braves a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field on April 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Unlike a good portion of this list, Billy Wagner actually had a good deal of success in his time with the Braves, and was named to the 2010 All-Star team. Wagner finished the 2010 season with a 1.43 ERA (lowest of his career) with 37 saves for a “Brooks Conrad” cursed team. Get this man in the Hall of Fame, it is a travesty to relievers all over the globe that he isnt already in.

Philadelphia Phillies

Chad Billingsley (2015)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 2: Chad Billingsley #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the top of the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 2, 2015 at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Chad Billingsley had a quick run with the Dodgers when he looked like the future ace of the staff, and while it never worked out that way, with the quick rise of Clayton Kershaw, he was more than serviceable in his time in Dodger blue. That cannot be said about his time with the Phillies in 2015 though, as Billingsley spent seven games with the Big League team, and posted a 5.84 ERA and then disappeared into the annals of the history books.

New York Mets

Bobby Abreu (2014)

SEATTLE, WA – JULY 22: Bobby Abreu #53 of the New York Mets heads home to score on an RBI triple off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

After a year hiatus in 2013, the Mets took a chance on 40 year old Bobby Abreu in 2014, and he came back to the league and posted a .680 OPS in 155 plate appearances, primarily off the bench for the second place Mets in a shit show NL East.

Miami Marlins

Kike Hernandez (2014)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 26: Enrique Hernandez #12 of the Miami Marlins runs to third base during game two of a doubleheader baseball game against the Washington Nationals on September 26, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The Marlins won 15-7. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

In 2014, Kike was part of two large trades within five months of one another. First he was traded from Houston to Miami with Jarred Cosart and Austin Wates for Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes and Colin Moran. Then five months later, he was traded from the Marlins to the Dodgers with Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher and Andrew Heaney for Dee Strange-Gordon, Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas. In his brief time with the Marlins (45 plate appearances) he posted a .692 OPS.

St. Louis Cardinals

Marco Gonzalez (2014-2017)

ST. LOUIS, MO – SEPTEMBER 1: Starter Marco Gonzalez #56 of the the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on September 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The reason why you dont remember Marco Gonzalez on the Cardinals even though he “played” four seasons with the club, is because of the fact he only appeared in 13 games over that four year span. He was then traded to Seattle in exchange for Tyler O’Neil, and since has become the ace of the Seattle Mariners.

Cincinnati Reds

Jim Edmonds (2010)

CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Jim Edmonds #15 of the Cincinnati Reds bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park on September 16, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Arizona defeated Cincinnati 3-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The long time Angel and Cardinal, played his last season as a member of the first place Cincinnati Reds in 2010. Edmonds actually came over with a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline in August 2010, and played 13 games for the Reds. During those 13 games, Edmonds hit .207/.281/.586(!!) with a .867 OPS as he tapped into his 40 year old body for some late career power.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Mike Morse (2015-2016)

LAKELAND, FL- MARCH 01: Michael Morse #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

There were a good deal of players to choose from for the Pirates, but I genuinely dont remember Mike Morse ever playing a single game for the Pirates, ever. He was brought over at the trade deadline in 2015 from the Dodgers in exchange for Jose Tabata (Scherzer would’ve had a perfect game if not for Tabata). Morse in two seasons with Pittsburgh played 51 games and had a solid .782 OPS in his time with the Pirates.

Chicago Cubs

Joe Nathan (2016)

CHICAGO, IL – JULY 31: Joe Nathan #36 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the 6th inning against the Seattle Mariners at Wrigley Field on July 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Mariners 7-6 in 12 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Long time Twins closer, spent the last season of his career split with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. In his age 41 season, he posted a 0.00 ERA between the two teams in 10 appearances, spanning 6.1 innings. Who knows he might have had more left in the tank, but the Nationals the next season didnt seem to think so in Spring Training.

Milwaukee Brewers

Will Middlebrooks (2016)

PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 20: Will Middlebrooks #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers is greeted by teammates in the dugout after coming around to score in the second inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 20, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Middlebrooks looked like a future star for the Red Sox at third base in 2012 and parts of 2013, but injuries soon derailed the youngsters career. He was soon traded to the Padres for Ryan Hanigan, and then picked up in free agency by the Milwaukee Brewers. In his 10 games with the Brewers, Middlebrooks just managed a .337 OPS and was immediately released.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Chaz Roe (2013)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 25: Chaz Roe #34 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 25, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 9-5. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

The owner of the filthiest slider in the big leagues in my opinion, Chaz Roe came up with the Diamondbacks in 2013, and pitched in 22.1 innings in his rookie season. He then left for free agency with the Rangers, Marlins, Yankees, Orioles, Braves and then eventually finding his home in Tampa Bay.

Colorado Rockies

Melvin Mora (2010)

NEW YORK – AUGUST 12: Melvin Mora #6 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the New York Mets on August 12, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim Luzzi/Getty Images)

The 38 year old Mora, after spending the previous ten seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, and earning two All-Star appearances, made his way to Colorado in 2010. During his time with the Rockies, he played in 113 games, and put together an above average .285/.358/.421 line with a .779 OPS for the 83-79 Rockies.

San Diego Padres

Anthony Rizzo (2011)

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 22: Anthony Rizzo #27 of the San Diego Padres reacts after reaching base against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 22, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The go-ahead run scored on the play. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It just doesnt look right does it? Well two teams actually traded Rizzo before he found his eventual home on the Cubs. The Red Sox drafted Rizzo in the 6th round of the 2007 draft out of high school, and traded him in a package for Adrian Gonzalez, before Rizzo ever played a game at the Major League level. And then the Padres traded Rizzo to Chicago in exchange for ANDREW CASHNER (tough scene). Rizzo in his limited time in 2011, played really poorly with the Padres to be fair, posting a .523 OPS in 153 plate appearances.

San Francisco Giants

Charlie Culberson (2012)

PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 13: Charlie Culberson #33 of the San Francisco Giants stands in during an at-bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a MLB game at Chase Field on May 13, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Just a quick reminder that Charlie Culberson won a World Series ring with the 2012 San Francisco Giants. The future Atlanta Braves, only played in six games with the Giants in 2012 and hit to a poor .273 OPS before getting traded to the Colorado Rockies in 2013 for future Postseason hero Marco Scutaro.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Sergio Romo (2017)

PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 23: Relief pitcher Sergio Romo #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on April 23, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Sergio Romo did the dirty dead in 2017, and moved on from the Giants, and went to their rival in the Los Angeles Dodgers. It did not last long, as he spent a portion of 2017 with the club, posting a 6.12 ERA and getting traded for by Tampa Bay at the deadline for Cash Considerations.

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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