Baseball is the most specialized of sports. While the concept of throwing a ball and hitting it seems simple, only the players that truly focus on the minute details of their craft are the ones that excel.
Learning how to hit and pitch is a process that can take years. Some players get it down early and have a great career from the time they are drafted to the day they retire. But other players take a little longer to work out the kinks and don't make a legitimate impact until later in their careers.
These late bloomers are testaments to the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed in pro sports. We love late bloomers. And when some players figure it out late and become a dominant force, it's a sight to behold.
The five players on this list have proven that it's possible to succeed after years of struggle. They turned their careers around and became All-Stars and MVPs.
Most of all, they showed that a never-say-die attitude can translate into real success on the biggest stage.