MLB Stars Not Hitting Their Weight: Albert Pujols and the All-Mendoza Line Team

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MLB Stars Not Hitting Their Weight: Albert Pujols and the All-Mendoza Line Team
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Baseball is a game of clichés, which may be a cliché in and of itself.

To utilize one such truism, the MLB season is a marathon and not a sprint, so judging any team or player by just 10 games out of 162 is not a wise way to go.

I'm not doing that here; I realize that 10 games (some teams have played 11 and others nine) is the equivalent of just one game in an NFL season: A very small sample size.

But why not have a little fun here and highlight the players who are not pulling their weight on the young season, including the great Albert Pujols, who did boost his average to exactly .200 with his three hit performance last night at Arizona.

The consensus best player in the game is off to a brutal start by his considerably high standards—or anyone's for that matter—but he does have plenty of company in that regard.

What follows is my All-Mendoza Line NL and AL Teams featuring players who are at .200 or below through games played on Tuesday, April 12. 

Most players are playing in their natural positions and indeed there were many more that qualified for their league's teams. Which is not a good thing, unless these players are going for infamy or a tribute to Mr. Mendoza.

Let's take a brief look at the one-and-only Mario Mendoza and then go around the diamond in both leagues to cite his best impersonators.

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