For many baseball fans, the MLB postseason is the most exciting time of the baseball calendar. It’s when casual fans finally tune in because they want to watch the drama unfold. However, many elite MLB stars are complete disasters in the playoffs. and we’re not just talking about the Yankees’ annual meltdowns.
So today we’ll look at some of the most dramatic failures in the baseball postseason. These players were otherwise successful in the regular season and had strong track records. Some of these athletes had a single major incident that defined their careers. Others accumulated a poor overall record when it was most important for their team to win. Check out these postseason flops right there.
It may seem at least somewhat unfair to include Trout on this list because the sample size is so small. The Angels’ star is in a strange position because he is one of baseball’s best players, or at least was for multiple years. However, he’s only made a single foray into the postseason with his franchise (via The Guardian).
The nine-time All-Star only has a single playoff hit to his name because the Angels are complete disasters. Despite their talented roster, they can’t achieve a winning season to save their lives. Baseball fans know Trout and Shohei Ohtani as two of the best but they’re not enough to make a difference for the Angels.