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5 Worst Cases of the Yips in Baseball

Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants reacts after giving up a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning at AT&T Park on July 27, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif. See more Sports Pictures.
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Everyone expects professional athletes to make a mistake once and while. We expect an occasional air ball, a dropped pass and a wild pitch. But what happens when a player seems to lose their talent almost completely, suddenly and for no explainable reason? That's when you have a genuine case of the yips.

The term "yips" was first coined to describe golfers who missed short and easy putts due to pressure. But the term has since been passed on to other athletes and can describe more than just one missed play. For baseball, one missed play can have a huge impact on a game. So a case of the yips, even a short one, can be detrimental to a team's record and even that player's career.

So, let's take a look at the 5 of the worst cases of the yips in baseball -- and hope they don't strike your favorite player the next time he takes the field!