Predicting 12 Late-Chargers for Major MLB Awards in 2012

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Predicting 12 Late-Chargers for Major MLB Awards in 2012
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After missing much of the first half, Matt Kemp is going to shake things up in the National League in the second half.

The first half of the 2012 Major League Baseball season is in the books. On Friday, the second half will we get underway.

In the immortal words of Han Solo, "this is where the fun begins."

With roughly two-thirds of MLB clubs in contention heading into the season's final weeks, we can all rest assured that the second half of 2012 is going to be a wild one. More teams than usual are in the hunt for a coveted postseason berth, and all of them are going to need their respective heroes to step up.

Sort of like how Han Solo stepped up in the Battle of Endor.

But I digress. The point is that it's not just the postseason races in either league that will be heating up as we speed toward October. The races for the individual awards will be heating up as well.

Presently, there are a handful of players who are hanging around the edges of the award chases in each league. Here's a look at 12 players who are going to make their move in the second half. They could end up walking away with some hardware when all is said and done. 

Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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