BATTERS: Opportunity Blocked

To paraphrase Patty Smyth and Don Henley, sometimes skills just ain't enough. For various reasons, each new season sees talented veteran players that are relegated to bench or part-time roles by their respective teams. Some hitters flourish in a limited role and force their way into the lineup on a more consistent basis, while others see their potential value marginalized by frustratingly inconsistent playing time.

Full text available to BaseballHQ full subscription subscribers only. Please Subscribe at

Click here to subscribe

  For more information about the terms used in this article, see our Glossary Primer.