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25 Athletes Who Were Huge Disappointments in 2017

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21. Rougned Odor
> Position: Second base
> Team: Texas Rangers
> League: MLB

The Texas Rangers were counting on 23-year-old second baseman Rougned Odor to be a key part of the team’s offense in 2017, but he struggled mightily at the plate. After hitting .271 in 2016, Odor’s batting average plummeted to a paltry .204. That was the first year of a six-year, $49.5 million contract for Odor. He will need to drastically improve his batting if he hopes to be worth his contract.

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22. Ryan Suter
> Position: Defenseman
> Team: Minnesota Wild
> League: NHL

Ryan Suter is scoring 0.14 goals per game, the highest rate of his career. But his production isn’t helping his team much at all. The Minnesota Wild have been outscored by eight goals with Suter on the ice this season, a far cry from the season before when Suter led the NHL in plus/minus at +34. That could be one reason the Wild are on the outside looking in on the NHL playoff picture.

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23. Sam Dyson
> Position: Relief pitcher
> Team: Texas Rangers / San Francisco Giants
> League: MLB

After a strong 2016 in which he had 38 saves, Texas Rangers closer Sam Dyson had a complete meltdown in 2017. In 16.2 innings with the Rangers, Dyson gave up 31 hits, 12 walks, and 20 earned runs, blowing all four of his save chances. Texas sent Dyson down to the minors before trading him to the San Francisco Giants. There, Dyson was able to salvage his career with a respectable 4.03 ERA in 38 appearances. Still, that’s a far cry from his stellar 2.43 ERA in 2016.

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24. Sidney Crosby
> Position: Center
> Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
> League: NHL

Though Sidney Crosby is having a season many other NHL players would be jealous of, he is still struggling by his own lofty standards. The three-time Stanley Cup winner is averaging 0.92 points per game this season, the lowest of his career and well below his 1.30 point per game average. Crosby is also committing more penalties than he has in quite some time. At 1.05 penalty minutes per game, Crosby hasn’t been penalized this much since his rookie year.

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25. Vic Beasley Jr.
> Position: Linebacker
> Team: Atlanta Falcons
> League: NFL

After a historic sophomore season in which Vic Beasley Jr. led the league with 15.5 sacks, the sky seemed to be the limit. However, after managing only 4.0 sacks so far this season, expectations have fallen back to earth.While Beasley missed two games due to a partial hamstring tear suffered in Week 2, his performance has yet to recover even though his injury has had time to heal.