Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: It's impossible to have an MVP on a 101-loss team, but Rizzo was the Cubs' most valuable employee after a late June call-up. The Cubs veterans made Rizzo sing "Lean on Me" on the team bus to the Atlanta airport after a game on his first road trip with the team, an appropriate choice considering the organization leaned on Rizzo to provide fans with hope for the future during a dismal season. Rizzo provided it, hitting .285 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 87 games after his call-up. Now the marketing department is leaning on Rizzo to help sell 2013 tickets.
Nuccio DiNuzzo, McClatchy-Tribune