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You only see them on the field, but every Major Leaguer has a backstory that makes him unique off the field, as well.

Dress for October: Get postseason gear

You only see them on the field, but every Major Leaguer has a backstory that makes him unique off the field, as well.

Dress for October: Get postseason gear

Here is everything you need to know about every player participating in this year's playoffs, before he was postseason bound.

American League

Indians: Cleveland's team is full of characters, -- including a starter who loves to build drones, a slugger who pretends to hold parrots and a blonde-headed trailblazer who had a breakout season.
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Astros: Houston rolls into October with a reliever nicknamed "Dragon," a slugger who once lived out of his truck, and an all-time switch-hitter who loves animals.
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Red Sox: The group that led Boston to its second straight AL East title is led by a master bowler, October's youngest slugger and baseball's best strikeout pitcher, among others.
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Yankees The Yankees' young core is all grown up and returning to the postseason earlier than expected. These kids are good, and all have interesting backstories.
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Twins October's surprise team is made up of an eclectic mix of talented youngsters and dependable veterans. Here is everything you need to know about some of the postseason's lesser-known players.
More on the Twins' playoff roster >

National League

Dodgers Can the Dodgers capitalize on their great regular season? That'll depend on a diverse roster full of characters and sons of former Major Leaguers.
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Nationals Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and so many others. Washington's roster is littered with stars and personalities.
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Cubs The reigning World Series champs are back in the tournament, with much of the same team that took the title last time around.
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D-backs Arizona has guys who can hit, guys who can pitch, and guys who can play all over the field. They have the potential to be a force this October.
More on the D-backs' playoff roster >

Rockies Two MVP candidates lead an interesting group of young players, as Colorado heads to the postseason for the first time since 2009.
More on the Rockies' playoff roster >

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.