2012 has been an amazing ride for Major League Baseball fans.
Perhaps it's because my beloved Phillies are going through an off-year right now, but I have been hopelessly addicted to following the stats, standings and storylines of this bizarre, crazy, and wonderful MLB season.
Both leagues have four-horse races for both MVP and Cy Young Awards. There isn't one division without a first-place race going on. Throw in the second wild card this year, and there are more teams alive than dead as the month of September looms on the horizon.
Having said all that, however, there are some stories which I am getting increasingly tired of hearing.
Yes, Mike Trout is having an amazing year and breaking rookie records left and right. Even the finer baseball minds are crowning him, and ready to declare him this decade's Albert Pujols. But the kid is only 21 years old, and if he falls short of this incredible season next year (which is becoming more likely with each home run and stolen base), the same pundits will have their daggers out, ready to call him a one-year-wonder and a bust.
Bryce Harper, the uber-hyped first-overall-pick of 2010, came up this year at 19 years young. His .307 batting average after 40 games was cute, but now we are back to reality. Hitting .248 with 12 home runs in 456 plate appearances is an awfully boring stat line after so much hype was generated.
And, dear God, if I see one more article or ESPN blurb about Stephen Strasburg's innings limit, I am going to gag.
In this article, I want to touch on some of the less-touted stories of 2012. I feel like these storylines are being ignored because of the cliches that have taken over the SportsCenter landscape, so let's take a look now.