MLB Sluggers Headed for a Big Power Outage in 2013

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MLB Sluggers Headed for a Big Power Outage in 2013
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In 2012, there were nearly 5,000 home runs hit across the Major Leagues, about 400 more than in 2011. Some sluggers saw an emergence of their power swing last season that had not been evident before (or at least for a few seasons).

For instance, Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays smashed 42 long balls in 2012, only seven fewer than the previous three seasons combined. And, at age 33, Josh Willingham launched 35 home runs for the Minnesota Twins, the first time he eclipsed 30 home runs during his nine-year career.

But, as in just about any season, there were some players that saw a significant drop-off in their power. Albert Pujols hit "only" 30 home runs in 2012, the lowest total of his Major League career. Justin Upton went from 17 home runs in 2010 to 31 in 2011, and back to 17 last season.

So with this phenomenon in mind, lets take a look at who could be in store for a power outage in 2013.

This includes players who may have left hitter-friendly parks for less amicable locations, as well as players who might be past their prime.

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