A batting slump can be a scary thing

Many players say it's a completely helpless feeling when they struggle at the plate

Originally Published: May 12, 2012
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The confounding slump of Albert Pujols reminds us again of the staggeringly high degree of difficulty of baseball, and reminds us of the trauma caused by a terrible slump, as told by a former Oriole, Brady Anderson. Many years ago, he was a passenger in a car driven by teammate Rene Gonzales, who was going far too fast on a dangerous road late at night in the rain. Anderson said to Gonzales, "Gonz, if I wasn't hitting .178, I'd ask you to slow down.''

Every player is prone to slumps, ...

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