A look back at some of the greatest and most prolific duos in baseball history that only spent a short amount of time together.

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Great duos have become etched in every single era of baseball history. From those four duos to countless others, they not only helped lead their respective teams to grand postseason success but also created a dynamic, one-two punch that opponents feared. Opposing teams wanted no part of them, whether in a short regular-season series or postseason battle.

Unfortunately, not all prolific duos had the luxury of staying together for a lengthy period of time. Some split too soon because of a trade or sudden free-agent departure. Others simply were not fortunate enough to have their prime days coincide with each other, which then creates intriguing what-if scenarios.

These 10 short-lived duos illustrate just that. A couple of these duos made a big impact in their brief time together with either substantial team success or just because of their sheer dominance. On the other hand, the rest of the duos listed just did not have time on their side and separated sooner than MLB fans would have hoped to see.

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