Six Players Who Need to Step Up in the 2013 Posteseason

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Six Players Who Need to Step Up in the 2013 Posteseason

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We are just hours away from the beginning of the MLB postseason, or what is widely referred to as the greatest crapshoot playoff in all of sports. For all of those naysayers that speak of the death of baseball, I would love for them to visit Pittsburgh's PNC Park for the Wild Card playoff game or go to Cleveland on Wednesday night and say that.

Even as baseball has become considered nothing more than a regional sport, it is safe to say that this season is the game's opportunity to create new stars that baseball needs to market more than ever. 

Last year saw the rise of Miguel Cabrera in Detroit and the verification that San Francisco's Buster Posey is one of MLB's greatest catchers as the Giants won it all.

This year, there will be an opportunity for other players to step up and make their presence known, such as the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen. (Note to baseball: If you want to actually market the game to young blacks, ages 13-25, you might want to start with this guy, OK?)

The longer that Yasiel Puig is in the playoffs, the better it is for MLB to market another young star. Being a Braves fan, however, that is something I am rooting against, but that's another story.

As we know, the bright lights of the baseball postseason can freeze up even the biggest of stars. There's a reason why Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez continue to be labeled postseason choke artists despite having good regular seasons in 2002 and 2009, respectively.

The following is my own list of players who really need to make their presence felt this October, lest their teams take an early trip to the golf course.

 

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