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MLB: The 21 Most Embarrassing Performances of the 2011 Season
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Every year there are star players who start to decline or free agent signees who don't pan out. That's baseball.

But in 2011, it seems like there have been more disappointing players than usual.

Several big names who just got nine-digit contracts and trade acquisitions who were hailed as the missing pieces have turned out to be busts. Even Albert Pujols is having a relative down year.

In this slideshow are the 21 players who have the most reason to be embarrassed about their performances to date. In blackjack, you need 22 to bust—here we needed only 21.

Poor play alone wasn't the only factor in making this list, though the very worst players make appearances. Big-name busts and failures with big egos edged out worse lower-profile players. 

Behold, the men who have egg on their faces yet still get paid millions of dollars to play a children's game!

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