Mike Maroth was a crucial starting piece for the 'too ugly to watch' early 2000s era of Tigers baseball. Through his first four seasons he never had a winning record, lost 21 games in 2003, and somehow became a standout by sucking the least out of the Tigers' many options. There were signs of talent from Maroth, and he did have sharp years in 2004 and 2006 as the team got better, but by the 2006 playoffs, there wasn't much use for him. By the time he suited up for the Cardinals in 2007, an arm injury made it even more difficult for Maroth to succeed, and his MLB days were basically over.
But Maroth was nothing if not resilient, and kept making MLB auditions. In 2009, Maroth tried out for a Toronto rotation that was eventually going to rely on several young options, but his arm woes made him more of a liability to the Jays than even someone like Brett Cecil or Mark Rzepczynski.
Tomorrow, I'll post some intriguing omissions from the 2005 Braves.