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Focusing on good parts in bad situations

Felix Hernandez and Shin-Soo Choo among those who have thrived for noncontenders

Originally Published: September 15, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

It's easy to maintain a positive frame of mind and play hard every day when your team just held a meeting to divvy up the potential postseason shares, and each September home game comes with the standard perks of contention.

Like seats filled with actual fans.

At the opposite end of the competitive food chain, September can be a long, dispiriting slog to nowhere for the noncontenders. In the name of equal time, we checked out the nine teams with the worst records in baseball and found ...

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