15 MLB Stars Who Will Fall in 2014
15 MLB Stars Who Will Fall in 2014
Every offseason that comes around in Major League Baseball brings with it several stories. Some bad teams get better while some good teams get stagnant and therefore worse. Power balances change and some stay the same. Perhaps the most interesting part of every new MLB season is when new stars are born and other stars fall.
No one enjoys it when a star falls a little bit. These are people after all and I would like to believe that most fans of all baseball teams want the players to succeed in some general fashion. Unfortunately that is never the case. The rarest of the rare is a MLB star that constantly remains a star for decades. Those are the ones that end up enshrined in the Hall of Fame and the fact that it is rare is why.
Akin to the fact that it is so rare for a star to remain high for his entire career is the depressing idea that stars generally fall. Luckily this isn’t an actual star in the heavens so it is able to rise again. In the case of every player that is listed in the next fifteen slides, this is a prediction based in evidence and general knowledge of the game.
Also in each and every case I sincerely hope that they do not fall this season and even if they do that they rebound in the 2015 season. Nonetheless, these are the MLB stars that I believe will falter during the 2014 season. I welcome any disagreements or otherwise, please place any such comments in the section below.
15 – Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
Gonzalez likely would have already had a few close-calls in MVP voting; I mean really close ones if he was able to stay healthy. More than anyone on this list I trust his ability on the field to remain high. Unfortunately I suspect he will falter once again because of injury. With any luck the next injury he has will be his last and he’ll power through the rest of his career.
14 – Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
Stanton’s star can’t seem to decide whether to stay high of fall lower in the first several years of his career. I think Stanton has great years ahead of him but unfortunately I think he has one more streaky season ahead of him before the great ones begin.
13 – Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
Utley is one of those rare players who has kept playing at a fairly high level for quite a while. I think this season is when father time will finally and fully catch up to Utley and his numbers will begin to fall off. He’s been great to watch for a long time though.
12 – Bartolo Colon – New York Mets
This is a tough prediction because I really want Colon to continue to pitch at a high level for a long time to come. Reality seems to flow in another direction however. He is just too old to consider that a real possibility and I think this season will be when the decline begins.
11 – Carlos Gomez – Milwaukee Brewers
Gomez might have more bottled up talent than 95 percent of MLB players. The problem with him is one of consistency though and it is due more to his attitude than anything else. If he could keep his head on straight he could probably be an MVP candidate every season. This year will probably be like last and even worse in that his frustrations will hold him back on the field.
10 – David Price – Tampa Bay Rays
All of the talk and rumors about whether or not Price will be traded I think will get the better of him for a while this year. He will probably rebound from it at some point and I’m sure he will be fine once things are settled in the future but for now it is bound to be a distraction for his season.
9 – Hunter Pence – San Francisco Giants
The money that the Giants gave Pence seems to suggest that they expect him to be an All-Star level, team leading player and I just don’t think he will do that. He had an amazing ending to the 2013 season and kudos to him for that but I think his 2014 will be okay but seen as a fall because of last season.
8 – Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
I like Fielder a lot and I think he will contribute a great deal to the Rangers over the length of his contract. He will probably even factor in largely to at least one World Championship while he is there. For the first season, not in a new deal but at the new place, he will fall victim to the lofty expectations though. Look for a year that will look like a slump because of his past success.
7 – Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
Harper was thought to be the NL version of Mike Trout mainly because they were both Rookies of the Year at the same time. I think they are very different players however. Harper will likely be the leading offensive force that the Nats need him to be but he is still very young. I think he needs another year to get older and see more pitching tendencies before his star reaches the height it seemed to be at during the rookie season.
6 – Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers
One thing that no one could ever deny about Puig is that he is going to be exciting to watch. I don’t doubt that one bit. Take a glance at the way he was pitched during the postseason however. There will likely be some copycat strategies around the league as other teams try to lock him up the way the Cardinals did. I think that will succeed for a lot of 2014 until Puig adjusts. Then the doors will be blown off in 2015.
5 – Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
It isn’t fun to believe this but the best years of Pujols are likely behind him. Every year his injuries keep him back is another year father time puts the screws to him. He was one of the brightest and best stars for the first several seasons of his career. Unfortunately I think everything will continue to keep him back and likely will cause his numbers to steadily decline.
4 – Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees
Beltran is one of the really good guys in the game and we all know how he will perform if the Yankees make it to the postseason in 2014. His regular season stats are likely to falter quite a bit from the standard set during the 2013 postseason however. Look for him to lose a little playing time here and there because of a few slumps. That will just save his best for October but the season will fall for him.
3 – Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
There is something to be said for wanting to be the best and possibly there is room for a player to want to be the highest paid on his team. When the focus shifts from on field performance to frustrations over money however, the athlete is bound to lose focus. It would be great for the Reds if Phillips had his focus renewed in the right place when the season hits but I just don’t think that will be the case and his season will suffer for it.
2 – Chase Headley – San Diego Padres
The whispers have already started that what seemed like a breakout season for Headley was really just one big career year. Don’t get me wrong, he is a good third baseman and certainly is a solid figure in the line-up. For those expecting a return to the MVP type season of 2012 however, the dream is likely to fall this year.
1 – Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
It is very likely that by the time Cano hangs up his cleats that his name will be placed among some of the better offensive second baseman to have played the game of baseball. For the first season of his brand new huge deal, look for a drop off. I think this is fairly normal. It is the same thing that grabbed Josh Hamilton last season. Look for the same kind of prolonged slump to have a star-falling effect on Cano’s first season as the M’s go-to guy.