Every MLB Team's Blueprint to Reach the 2012 Postseason

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Every MLB Team's Blueprint to Reach the 2012 Postseason
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In 2007, the Chicago Cubs won the National League Central Division and went to the playoffs a year after finishing 66-96. In 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays accomplished a similar worst-to-first turnaround. In 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks did it.

These are the extreme examples, but a more general lesson may be learned: In today's MLB, the playoffs are always within reach.

That said, many teams head into 2012 with little hope of reaching the postseason. Some are actively rebuilding, while others are getting so aggressive that they form a sort of over-class. Most of the clubs with a realistic shot at making the playoffs have made major moves aimed at doing so, which has stratified the league quite a bit.

The fight for the right to play into October will be fiercer than ever in 2012, and although every team has a chance, they all need certain things to to go right.

For some, the odds of those things happening are minuscule. For others, it seems a foregone conclusion. Here is the blueprint for every big league team to reach the postseason in 2012.

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