MLB's 10 Biggest Flops of the Year

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MLB's 10 Biggest Flops of the Year
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Last place was not expected for the Miami Marlins this year.

Baseball has been full of surprises this season.

The Washington Nationals have gone from a hopeful contender to a team that currently has the best record in baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates are headed toward their first postseason since 1992.

The Baltimore Orioles have risen up as a surprise challenger to the New York Yankees in the AL East. And the Oakland Athletics may be the biggest surprise of all, contending for the AL West title and a wild-card playoff spot on the strength of a young pitching staff that seemingly doesn't realize it shouldn't be doing this well.

But baseball has also seen plenty of disappointments this year. Teams expected to be major contenders have failed to fulfill expectations. Breakouts ended up breaking down instead. There have been some major letdowns during the 2012 season. Here are the 10 most notable flops. 

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