No matter where teams finish in the standings, every MLB team has a most valuable player. He's the guy the team couldn't live without.
Since its creation in 1931, the MVP award has gone to the player most instrumental in a contending team's success. Although it doesn't always go to a player from a pennant-winning team, it does go to players most deserving of recognition for having extraordinary seasons in keeping their team in pennant chase. Here are some improbable winners of the award and what they did to earn the accolade.