Players who've thrived for losing teams

Adrian Gonzalez among those who weren't slowed down by being on non-contenders

Originally Published: September 30, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

As the playoffs approach, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and several other major league stars are about to put some sterling accomplishments behind them and begin focusing on the pursuit of a World Series ring.

Some other players, in contrast, will soon have lots of time to reflect from the solitude of a duck blind or a fishing boat. Here's to the losers.

As ESPN Stats & Information researchers Jeremy Lundblad and Ryan McCrystal point out, no statistical achievement is too obscure ...

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