Now's the time for certain players

Paul Konerko is among a number of players who enter 2004 looking to rebound from poor seasons in '03.

Originally Published: March 16, 2004
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It's painful to watch. Players you have expected to turn into stars do just that, even surpassing your expectations. Promise attained! And then they fall flat on their face.

Three slugging outfielders -- Pat Burrell, Adam Dunn and J.D. Drew -- enter the 2004 season trying to climb back to where they were as late as 12 months ago. But they are only the outfield of an All-Star team of players that has taken steps backward recently, racking up question marks after winning so many exclamation points.

Here's a position-by-position rundown of those players: