I call it the Bobby Abreu effect. It started in 2005, the same year Abreu posted an astonishing 24 home runs in the first round of the MLB Home Run Derby. Abreu would go to win the Derby with a grand total of 41, beating runner-up Pudge Rodriguez by 21 homers.
Prior to participating in the Derby, Abreu was having another solid year for the Phillies. He was hitting .307 and had an impressive 18 home runs. However those numbers drastically dropped after his Derby win as the outfielder would hit just six home runs to finish the year while his batting average in the second-half dropped to .260.
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