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Sophomore jinx

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The sophomore jinx, in baseball, refers to the tendency for a player to follow a good season in his rookie year with a disappointing season. While some superstitious players may believe there is a curse or hex on second-year players, the usual causes for it are injury and/or other teams learning how to adjust to the player's style of play.

Many Hall of Famers were exceptions to the sophomore jinx, as were some current stars, notably Albert Pujols. Many players adjust after a season or two and go on to lead productive careers. However, in some extreme cases, the player fails to adjust and quickly disappears into obscurity.

Examples of the sophomore jinx

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