MLB Players of the Year: 2012

2012 Player of the Year: San Francisco Giants

Yes, the Giants won the World Series and images of Pablo Sandoval and Sergio Romo and perhaps Tim Lincecum are still bright and colorful in our minds. But which Giant best symbolizes this championship season?

2012 Player of the Year: Detroit Tigers

Does Triple Crown winner and likely A.L. MVP Award winner Miguel Cabrera also rank as the Tigers' Player of the Year?

2012 Player of the Year: Washington Nationals

The Nationals won 98 games, thanks largely to a Cy Young candidate and one of the greatest 19-year-old baseball players ever. But is there someone else who deserves Player of the Year honors?

2012 Player of the Year: Cincinnati Reds

There was no single key to the Reds' 97-win season, and their best player was out for a long spell. But which Red best symbolizes a campaign that ended abruptly with a Division Series loss?

2012 Player of the Year: New York Yankees

The Yankees won more games anybody else in the American League. The Yankees barely eked into the American League Championship Series, in which they were swept. So which player best symbolizes the Yankees' dual-personality 2012?

2012 Player of the Year: Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves didn't panic. After a historic collapse down the stretch in 2011, there weren't mass firings or hair-trigger personnel moves. Instead, management basically stuck with who they...

2012 Player of the Year: Oakland Athletics

Maybe we should just call the Athletics 2012's TEAM of the Year, considering their historic comeback while fielding a bargain-basement roster.

2012 Player of the Year: Baltimore Orioles

It was an incredible season for the Baltimore Orioles, and a true team effort as only closer Jim Johnson finished the season atop any leader boards. But while it's difficult to choose the Orioles'...

2012 Player of the Year: Texas Rangers

Before, and for most and perhaps all, of the 2012 season, the Texas Rangers were widely considered a pretty good bet to reach the World Series for a third straight year, and perhaps even to finally...

2012 Player of the Year: Tampa Bay Rays

Which player best represents the Devil Rays' 2012 season, which ultimately was a big disappointment?

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2012 Player of the Year: Los Angeles Angels

Hey, the Angels tried. They spent a great deal of money putting together their Opening Day roster, and then later they spent some more. But ultimately their slow start did them in. So who best symbolizes the Angels' disappointing season?

2012 Player of the Year: St. Louis Cardinals

Which Cardinal best symbolizes a season that began with high hopes and ended with a crushing defeat?

2012 Player of the Year: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers got off to a great start in 2012 and spent the entire season flirting with a postseason berth. In the end, though, they fell short despite making some big moves during the season. Which player best symbolizes their disappointing season?

2012 Player of the Year: Adam Dunn

Despite spending most of the season in first place, the White Sox eventually fell short of a division title after a late-season collapse. Which player best epitomized this ultimately disappointing season?

2012 Player of the Year: Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers featured some really good players in 2012. Maybe more than you might guess. Ryan Braun was Ryan Braun, and Aramis Ramirez filled in brilliantly for Prince Fielder. But if you...

2012 Player of the Year: Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies were supposed to win yet another National League East title. Instead they finished in third place, and far behind the surprising Nationals. Which Phillie best symbolizes his club's 81-81 season?

2012 Player of the Year: Arizona Diamondbacks

After coming out of nowhere to win the National League West in 2011, the Diamondbacks fell to 81-81 and third place in 2012. Which Diamondback(s) best symbolize the club's fall from grace?

2012 Player of the Year: Pittsburgh Pirates

Who says 2012 Pirates more than anyone else?

2012 Player of the Year: San Diego Padres

The Padres got off to a terrible start this season, but righted the ship at mid-season and finished on a high note. You know what they still need, though? Better pitchers.

2012 Player of the Year: Seattle Mariners

The Mariners did improve some in 2012. But in a tough American League West, the best news heading their way is the arrival of the Houston Astros in 2013.

2012 Player of the Year: New York Mets

Sure, the Yankees are in trouble. But things could be worse: they could be the Mets!

2012 Player of the Year: Toronto Blue Jays

Hey, who thought the Baltimore Orioles would return to the postseason before the Toronto Blue Jays? Remember when everybody thought the Blue Jays were on the right track, and it was just a matter...

Player of the Year: Kansas City Royals

Yes, 2012 was supposed to be the year the Royals' youth movement finally showed up in the standings. Well, the standings showed them finishing with 90 losses.

Player of the Year: Boston Red Sox

From such a disastrous season, so many possible choices for the one player who best symbolizes the 2012 Boston Red Sox and their 69-93 debacle ...

Miami Marlins: Player of the Year

It was a long and disastrous season for the Miami Marlins, who entered the season with such high hopes. So which player best symbolizes the disaster that was 2012?

Player of the Year: Cleveland Indians

No, not the Cleveland Indians' best player in 2012. Not their most valuable player; that would be Carlos Santana or Jason Kipnis or Shin-Soo Choo, probably. This time, we're trying to spot the...

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