The 2012 MLB Season gets underway this week (no, as far as I’m concerned, those games in Japan last week don’t count), and apparently even die-hard hockey fans in Toronto are starting to get excited. So I thought this would be the perfect time to take a look at some players who might end up playing pivotal roles for their teams down the stretch. But instead of focusing on the superstars like Pujols and Fielder who switched teams and “altered the balance of power” (or so we’ve been told about a million times), I thought it would be more fun to discuss the important players you hardly ever hear about.
So today, I bring you baseball’s underrated starting nine. I’m not saying these are guys you haven’t heard of; serious baseball fans will certainly recognize every name. But these are guys who probably aren’t fully appreciated by most fans—not yet, anyway.
So let’s get started.