If you are the kind of person that does not appreciate a great comeback story, then you also might be the type that enjoys to strangle kittens, collect road kill, and drink deer’s blood.
Comebacks are the epitome of sports—whether it is a team rallying in the final seconds to take the lead, or a single individual overcoming all odds.
Be it Lance Armstrong’s rebound from cancer, Magic Johnson’s return to basketball while battling HIV, or Britney Spears’s hair growing back, comeback stories provide individuals with inspiration and hope.
However, with every comeback there is a collapse.
Like anyone else, athletes experience moments of glory and elation, but also endure trying and wearisome times—both physically and mentally. Baseball players can contribute to a team’s success and be a productive hitter or pitcher one year, and then struggle to find a job the very next season.
While there is still time for players to turn their seasons around, I have listed the most disappointing players of 2009 for every position.
And although there is nothing more frustrating and disheartening than injuries decimating a player’s season, I focus on players that have stayed healthy for the majority of the year but broken down in the batter's box.