Marty Cordova

1996 Score #299 Marty Cordova Front
The 1995 AL Rookie of the Year. And nothing else, really.

Why we like him: I actually never did like him when he played. Marty Cordova always looked like such a jerk for some reason, and I could never embrace his skill as a ballplayer because of it. I also probably resented the face that he never really lived up to the expectations he set for himself with his breakout rookie season and the year after. He won the 1995 Rookie of the Year award after posting a .277 average with 24 homers, and he followed it up with a .309-16-111 in 1996. He pretty much disappeared into overall average-ness for the next few seasons before popping up for a .309-20-69 season for the 2001 Indians, but played only one more full season before elbow problems forced him out of the big leagues.

Perhaps the thing I'll remember most about Cordova is that he missed time with the Orioles during the 2002 season because he fell asleep in a tanning bed.

Ladies and gentlemen, Marty Cordova, ballplayer.

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