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The 2013 All-Collapse All-Stars

Jul 8, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

BJ UPTON

Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times does this every year: a list of player who (a) suddenly stink; and (b) have no injuries that we know of or any other explanation for stinking. They’re the All-Collapse All-Stars.

Usually these are players in their 30s who are hitting a Dale Murphyesque wall. This year’s has someone as young as 23. If you can guess who it is I will comp you one year’s worth of the HardballTalk subscription fee.

Fun list. Except if your team just gave a $75 million contract to one of the players named on it.

  1. blacksables - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    No write-in for Frenchy?

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      He isn’t a “collapse.” He has been terrible for years

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    I wonder if we’d have a double Upton outfield if Justin didn’t have the April that he had.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Since May 1st, Justin is batting a Helen-Keller like .219/.323/.307

      By comparison, BJ is batting .192/.291/.320 in that same span.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Now that’s some value right there.

        Freeman trying to break his bat yesterday, and failing, was almost poetic to watch.

      • yahmule - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        The Upton Brothers are batting a combined .211 for the season. Kind of funny how we saw daily articles about Justin Upton in April, but nary a whisper of his progress now that the honeymoon is over. Which is strange because there are always scores of people eager to make excuses for him around here. I kind of wanted to hear the latest batch.

  3. philsphilsphils - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Atlanta’s OF slash line: 227/323/384. That’s a category all by itself. Yikes.

  4. ja4ed - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Starlin Castro. Where’s my $75?

  5. Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I’d laugh if I weren’t sad to see Cole on the list. Kind of like a Nelson “Ha, Ha- Oh” downcast moment.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      I don’t take that to heart so much because I belive it to a result of lack of run support and him putting too much pressure on himself.

      He is going to right himself, I just hope it’s this year at some point because they need him sharp to make a real run.

    • stex52 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Look at that list, FC! It’s my Fantasy League lineup card!

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Really, you should get a trophy.

  6. dluxxx - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I don’t know whether to be happy that no Twins are on this list, or sad that there isn’t an excuse for their sub-par performance. They are who everyone thought they were I guess.

    • dluxxx - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

  7. abaird2012 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    He seems to put a lot of emphasis on pitcher wins and batting average. I thought we didn’t do that any more …

    • yahmule - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      When you’re flailing at at a Mendozian rate, generally the rest of your game sucks, too.

  8. chip56 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Sadly, four of the guys listed here (Cain, Kemp, Hamilton and Headley) are on my fantasy team

  9. ncm42 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    No mention of Jim Johnson? Unbeatable closer to leader in blown saves in a few months’ time?

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    what? no josh johnson? No Ra dickey? No mark burlehe? unreal

  11. xmatt0926x - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I was going to say it isn’t a collapse for BJ Upton since he has stunk for years now but yeah, he has really collapsed, even from his already downtrodden level. Speaking of lousy Braves outfielders, what the heck ever happened to Jason Heyward?

    Remember when he was Bryce Harper before Bryce Harper came around? The hype for him may not have been at Harper’s level, but it was pretty damn close. The Braves are really living off that 12-1 start. Been pretty mediocre since.

  12. louhudson23 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Sucking and genuine lack of grit….one gets you a nice contract and one gets you traded…….

  13. Walk - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Atlanta needs to hire coaches who can help players. Justin upton went from holding the bat slightly upright when he was on fire to holding it almost flat like when he was injured last year and he is slumping again. You can see this from watching games on tv the coaches should be able to see this from the dugout but they either do not see it or do not care. Heywards swing is so broken it is painful to watch. He starts with the bat pointed towards the pitcher and has to bring it back up so he has to start his swing early on fastballs which makes him pull anything offspeed. That would be ok except he is standing almost out of the batters box so those balls he pulls are weak grounders. I have no clue what is wrong with bj. I watched him take three swings at a 91-92 mph fastball the other night. The pitches were right down the middle and he could not even foul one off. Justin and Jason are easy fixes if they can get some help from their team and coaches. Bj, a lot of rays fans tell me, always has one great month usually in the second half somewhere where he figures things out so I am still waiting on him. Despite this the braves are in first place so it is likely going to take them falling out of first before they make any changes. My apologies for the rant, I know I should be thankful for the braves being where they are in the standings but it is painful to watch these guys most nights.

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