2012 was a very good year for Major League Baseball.
From the tremendous rookie seasons of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper to the San Francisco Giants winning their second world championship in three years to Miguel Cabrera winning the first hitting Triple Crown since 1967, 2012 will go down into the history books as one of the better seasons in recent history.
A new wild-card round added two more teams to the playoff mix and helped the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics stay in the playoff hunt all season.
As the game continues to add a great pitching balance to big and powerful offenses, even the New York Mets saw a pitcher throw a no-hitter. Johan Santana’s masterpiece was the first for the Mets in franchise history.
As we turn the page and look forward to the 2013 season and reflect this holiday season on why we love this sport, here are 10 things as fans we should all be grateful for this offseason.