It’s a sad reality that many of the biggest superstars in the world never had a chance to win the biggest prize in their respective sports. It is often because their teams held them back. Too often franchises mishandle their biggest stars and fail to build championship contenders. However, the top sports stars still stand out, just not always as much as they should.
Today, we’re going to look at different superstars whose franchises mishandled them. Some of them wasted their potential while others had short-term success but could have built a dynasty. But the reality is that all of these teams could have been smarter with these athletes. Check out the list below via The Things and The Sportster.
25. Mike Trout
Trout is one of MLB’s greatest players but the problem is that over half of America doesn’t know who he is. In fairness, he is enjoying the benefits of a $429 million contract so it’s likely that he doesn’t care about it too much. However, it’s a shame that the future Hall of Famer may never win a World Series with the Los Angles Angels. Few superstars of his talent level go without a title. Also, the franchise mishandled the first decade of his career.
The Angels didn’t bring in the pitching personnel to bridge the gap to their rivals. Every season, Trout performed at an unbelievable level but it was all in vain because the rest of the team wasn’t good enough. Incredibly, the team didn’t win a single playoff game Trout was in his 20s. The eight-time Silver Slugger Award winner makes millions of dollars but will never have the respect he deserves.