The Major League Baseball playoffs are a beautiful thing. Complete with drama, excitement, hope and heartbreak, they take fans through a range of human emotions every night in October.
Another essential dramatic element inherent in the playoffs is that of surprise and mystery. Without fail, players of little to no former notoriety will step up and do something spectacular on the biggest stage baseball has to offer and stamp their names in the hearts of fans—and MLB history—forever. In the past, such players have included Sid Bream, Craig Counsel, Edgar Renteria and Francisco Rodriguez.
This season is no different. Already in the divisional rounds, unheralded players are stepping into the national spotlight and making major contributions to propel their teams deeper into the playoffs. The following slides offer a list of players who have made some of the biggest impacts thus far, and who were relatively unknown before the playoffs began.