Sophomore slumps

Baseball 2007

April 01, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,Sun Reporter

Angel Berroa

The Dominican shortstop was thought of highly enough that the Kansas City Royals traded Johnny Damon to the Oakland Athletics to get him. He didn't disappoint in 2003, hitting .287 with 17 home runs and 73 RBIs, while earning the American League Rookie of the Year award and comparisons to current Oriole Miguel Tejada. He dropped off in 2004 to .262 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs and was even worse in 2006. Berroa was optioned to the minor leagues last weekend.

Marlon Byrd

He showed why he was one of the Philadelphia Phillies' top prospects by batting .303 his rookie season in 2003. His batting average dipped all the way to .228 the next season before Byrd became a solid utility player for the Washington Nationals in 2005. He's now a reserve with the Texas Rangers.

Bob Hamelin

In winning the AL Rookie of the Year award for the Royals in 1994, Hamelin hit 24 home runs to go along with 65 RBIs and a .282 batting average. But slowed by injuries, he totaled just 16 home runs and 65 RBIs in 1995 and 1996. It took him until 1997 to rediscover his power stroke, but his last season was 1998.

Eric Hinske

The burly corner infielder and outfielder appeared to be the real deal for the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .279 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 2002 en route to becoming the AL Rookie of the Year. However, he hit just .243 with 12 home runs his sophomore season. He hasn't hit more than 15 home runs since his rookie year, and after falling out of favor in Toronto, he's now a bench player for the Boston Red Sox.

Pat Listach

Remember him? The Milwaukee Brewers thought that they had a special middle infielder on their hands when Listach hit .290 in 1992 with 54 stolen bases. He followed up that season by hitting .244 in 1993 with 18 steals. It was all downhill from there, as Listach played more than 100 games just one season for the rest of his career.

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