MLB's six most crucial players for 2022: Stars include an MVP and a $245 million man

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There will always be a you-never-know factor that can’t be legislated out of baseball, which is why the gift of hindsight can be so humbling.

For all its hopes of placing superstars on a platform, there’s still no predicting that come the end of 2021, Tyler Matzek would matter more than Mike Trout, Framber Valdez a more important piece than Bryce Harper.

So call us crazy, then, for aiming to identify six players who will prove most pivotal to the fates of their divisions and, ultimately, World Series chances. At the risk of looking foolish come October, here’s a half-dozen stars whose performance and health may determine how the bigger picture shakes out:

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