The calendar is just days away from turning to 2013. With that, the book will effectively be closed on the 2012 season as we look ahead toward the year to come in MLB.

But 2012 provided several memorable performances that won’t be quickly forgotten.

Obviously, some players were recognized for their achievements with MLB’s individual awards, honoring the best hitters and pitchers in each league. Their place in baseball history is assured.

But plenty of other stars had great seasons, the kinds of seasons that they surely wish would never end. For some, 2012 was a breakout year. For those who already established themselves, this year provided affirmation of their greatness. 

Here are 12 MLB stars who may not want to let go of 2012 and move on to the new year just yet. They might want to savor their great season a bit longer. 

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