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2012 MLB Playoffs: Ten Impressive Defensive Plays
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Even though his team ultimately lost, there's no debating that this Endy Chavez theft in the 2006 NLCS is one of the greatest catches a human being has ever made.

According to legend, defense wins championships, and we've been privy to a good helping of it throughout this 2012 first round of playoffs. 

All eight teams have contributed to the highlight reels and, in the end, their displays of leather will help earn one of them a Championship trophy.

This is a slideshow of 10 impressive defensive plays from around the Wild Card Games and Division Series. I judged the final 10 selections on degree of difficulty, "wow" factor and its' role in a game's outcome.

Following the 10 (which are in no particular order) are a few honorable mentions—noteworthy fielding efforts that may have cracked the 10 in a different postseason, or if they played a (larger) role in the game's outcome.

Now that all of the Division Series have concluded, here's the slideshow:

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