There may be no greater thrill for a major-league ballplayer than to be handed the ball or bat with a chance to give their team a title. Whether it be a Game 7 in a playoff series, or an opportunity at the plate with runners in scoring position, players as a group will tell you that’s exactly what they play for: the chance to give their team a sweet victory.
The pressure is compounded even further by a tight pennant race or a game in which your team is counting upon you to deliver a key hit or a thrilling performance off the mound.
Alas, there are bodies littered everywhere in terms of players and teams who have wilted under that great pressure. Wow, did I just use the word alas? Who even does that anymore?
However, I digress. Many players and teams felt the unmistakable tightening in their neck muscles during the most crucial of times, and we will take a look at some of these moments in time.
Keep in mind that the choke jobs mentioned, especially for players, is certainly not indicative of their overall careers, or other performances in the playoffs. We are specifically looking at singular choke jobs only, so to speak.
Here are the 50 worst choke jobs in MLB history.
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