Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Fantasy baseball owners will often let a player burn them two or three times before putting them on "the list."
There are three major scenarios that can land a player there:
- Having a poor season two years in a row.
- Consistently failing to meet their perceived potential.
- Disappointing for a few years, having a rebound year that gets everyone back on board and then sinking again one year later.
Of course, "the list" I'm talking about is the "Never Again" All-stars, players who are basically blacklisted when it comes to the fantasy draft.
It's named as such because fantasy owners who continually draft players who meet the above scenarios will finally give up and shout "never again" after years of disappointment.
Here are five players who joined "the list" after last season's performance.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta Braves - In 2011, Uggla hit .173 with a .568 OPS through 86 games, but a .301/.386/.596 split with 24 homers in his final 75 games apparently made everyone forget about the first three months of the season because he was once again drafted highly in 2012. Things started out well enough last season, as Uggla batted .276/.384/.492 with 10 homers in his first 55 games, but he proceeded to bat .185/.326/.318 with nine homers over his final 99 games. Sorry Dan, but never again!
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays - We've been hearing about Rasmus' potential since he broke into the majors in 2009 and hit 23 homers with an .859 OPS in 2010. A .246/.332/.420 line in 94 games with St. Louis in 2010 was blamed on a rift with manager Tony LaRussa, and a .173/.201/.316 finish in 35 games with the Jays went largely unnoticed. He started 2012 2-for-21 but then hit .271/.341/.515 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs in his next 79 games while being protected by No. 3 hitter Jose Bautista. Unfortunately, Bautista broke his wrist and Rasmus went 43-for-245 (.176) with six homers, a .515 OPS and 79 strikeouts in his final 66 games. Sorry Colby, but never again!
Jeff Francoeur, OF, Kansas City Royals - Francoeur had three strong years with Atlanta but the "Sports Illustrated" cover from Francoeur's rookie year that called him "The Natural" seemed comical way before last season. Francoeur hit just .256 with a .690 OPS in 451 games between 2008 and 2010, but he revived his career with a 20/20, .285 season in 2011 and was given a two-year, $13.5 million extension in August 2011. Francoeur went on to have a negative WAR season, costing the Royals between 1.2 and 2.7 wins above replacement depending on which website you use to track WAR. Sorry Jeff, but never again!
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox - Ramirez looked like he would be a perennial 20/20 threat after his rookie year, but he didn't hit more than 18 homers or steal more than 14 bases in the three seasons following 2008. His rookie year batting average (.290) and OPS (.792) still stand as career highs. The shortstop is coming off his worst season, hitting .265 with nine homers and a career-low .364 slugging percentage. He saw his walk total decline from 51 in 2011 to 16 last season and got on base at a .287 clip, also a career low. Sorry Alexei, but never again!
Mark Reynolds, 1B, Cleveland Indians - Following his monster 2009, in which he hit .260 with an .892 OPS, 44 homers, 102 RBIs and 24 steals, Reynolds hit .198 in 2010 and .221 in 2011. But at least he had 69 homers combined over those two seasons. Without homers, Reynolds is worthless to fantasy owners, and he hit just 23 last season while batting .221 again. Sorry Mark, but never again!