Free Agency is just as much of an enigma as drafting inexperienced amateurs. Often, teams over-analyze a player’s past success and assume that such prowess will continue in the future. The players on this list are all players who had prior professional success, but they sputtered once they cashed in on their previous triumphs. Some of these players fell so far that they went from being one of the most respected players in their sport to being one of the most ridiculed. However, some players had enough of a previous resume to still maintain the respect of their peers. Regardless of their situation, the players on this list are all guilty of experiencing a sharp decline in performance after they signed a high-salary contract with a new team.
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The Roosevelts should be dedicating this entire week to Texas Rangers’ slugger John Hamilton. Over the last three days “The Natural” has put on a show of Ruthian proportions in the hometown of the Great Bambino. Yesterday, following up on his mythic four home runs in a single game performance, he launched another home run off the B&O warehouse that was one of the furthest shots in Camden Yards history. Once the landing spot is calculated he will certainly receive a plaque like to ones in the video below.
Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Texas won 10-3. Hamilton had four home runs on the night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton, nick-named “The Natural,” had MLB’s first 4-homer game since 2003 and the 16th of all-time. The performance was similar to his memorable home run derby at Yankee Stadium and earned him a standing ovation from the visiting Baltimore Orioles crowd. Hamilton’s 18 total bases was also an American League single-game record. During his post game interview Hamilton spoke humbly of his performance on the field but his “Beast Mode” t-shirt [see below] said it all. Additional Photos + Video Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, right, high-fives third base coach Dave Anderson as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the Rangers 10-3 win over Baltimore. Source: AP Photo | PATRICK SEMANSKY Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) is congratulated by shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE May 8, 2012; more »