With the baseball schedule momentarily paused following the 2012 regular season, now is the perfect time to revise my rankings.
Where applicable, I've recognized "pleasant surprises" and "biggest disappointments" of the past six months. Each slide is further embellished with a "team MVP"—the player who finished with the highest Wins Above Replacement value (as calculated by Baseball-Reference.com).
The ordering of the top 10—this year's postseason qualifiers—was determined by the likelihood that each wins the upcoming World Series.
Meanwhile, eliminated franchises have been judged by their potential to contend in 2013.
Proceed to read Bleacher Report's version of the Major League Baseball hierarchy. As always, you're encouraged to share and explain your own opinion.