Perconte, a Murray State (Kentucky) University graduate, made three all-star teams in the minors, but did not win a regular spot until 1984 with the Mariners. In 155 games he hit .294 with 29 stolen bases. He had no home run power, but he was good at getting on base. Despite good range in the field, he was criticized as a poor pivot man on double plays. When he slumped the next season, he was sent to the minors one day before he became eligible for free agency. The resulting protests by teammates and fans brought his recall and the resignation of the Seattle GM.