Oakland A's: How 6 Little-Known Heroes of 2012 Factor in Next Season

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Oakland A's: How 6 Little-Known Heroes of 2012 Factor in Next Season
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Quiz your non-A's fan friends—who's this guy?

The thing that stunned most within the baseball world about the Oakland Athletics' incredible 2012 season was the fact they did it with relative no-namers.

Well, it's time to start learning their names, because according to general manager Billy Beane, he's keeping the team intact for another run in 2013.

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series on the backs of nationally-known talent such as NL MVP Buster Posey, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. The Detroit Tigers got there with big names like AL MVP Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander.

Before the season started, the most familiar face in Oakland was Coco Crisp.

But 2012 made superstars out of guys like Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick and Jarrod Parker. While they'll certainly enter 2013 with much more of a spotlight (and many more fans), some of their counterparts—who played nearly an equal role in producing 94 wins and the AL West title—remain unknown outside of the Bay Area.

Now that they've cemented their status on the roster, they'll have the opportunity to establish a name for themselves.

Here's a look at the biggest little-known heroes of 2012—without them, the A's wouldn't have gotten it done—and how they project to fit in next season.

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