When proven Major League Baseball players suddenly lose their edge, the phenomenon baffles coaches and fans alike. Even when there are mechanical flaws that can be identified, adjusting mid-season often proves impossible. Before long, a name-brand player is having a season worthy of a rookie or unknown substitute.
In 2014, some of the game’s most accomplished superstars have hit what they hope is rock bottom. Batting champions, MVPs, and Cy Young Award winners have not been spared the realities of debilitating baseball slumps this year. Here are six players who hope it will end soon.
1. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
In 2012, Chase Headley appeared to reach his full potential with 31 home runs, 115 RBI, and a .376 on base percentage (OBP). Flash forward two years and Headley is hitting .200 with 6 home runs and his OBP at a dismal .283 near the halfway point of the season. Because of the dropoff, many expect Headley to be traded before the July 31 deadline, though the market for such poor offensive production may not be appealing enough for San Diego to trade him.