Baseball season is nearing its end, and it's been a year full of smiles and cries. This year, however, some of the cries were less out of disappointment and more out of pure shock. Some regularly talented players and teams took terrible dives in 2012, and fans are STILL trying to figure out just what went wrong.
The sad truth about baseball (like most every sport) is that consistency at the highest level is a most difficult endeavor. Thus, if a regular superstar has an "off year" by his standards, he is immediately labeled a disappointment. One can only imagine how fans of the Boston Red Sox felt this season under new manager Bobby Valentine virtually all year long.
Boston's 2012 is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this year's biggest disappointments. Believe it or not, there may or may not be some teams or players who fared worse.