IN A season in which Phillies fans figure to flock to the ballpark just to see Ryan Howard and Chase Utley swing and Cole Hamels pitch, here are 20 other players around baseball (in no particular order) you don't want to miss.
1DH/1B David Ortiz,
Why the buzz? Hits 'em into outer space. Fifty-three percent of his hits went for extra bases in 2006. And he's clutch.
2SS Derek Jeter,
Why the buzz? He hits. (.343 last season). Hits for power (39 doubles, 14 HRs). Plays his position well. Oh yeah, he still can run a bit (34 steals in '06).
33B Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
Why the buzz? OK, he's a walking soap opera in the Big Apple. But who can argue with 35 homers and 121 RBI in what was a down year?
4CF Carl Crawford,
Why the buzz? And you thought Vincent Lecavalier was fast. A three-time AL leader in triples, he's also one of only eight players in baseball history to steal 200 bases before he turned 25.
5C Joe Mauer, Twins
Why the buzz? A catcher who wins the batting title (.347) comes along once, oh, every century. And he's still 23.
6LHP Johan Santana, Twins
Why the buzz? We got to watch our Lefty dominate hitters for years. They get the same pleasure in the Metrodome watching the game's best pitcher (67-22 the last four seasons) do his thing.
7DH Travis Hafner, Indians
Why the buzz? Hey, what's not to like about another basher in the Ortiz-Howard mold (76 HRs the last 2 years).
8RF Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
Why the buzz? The epitome of the five-tool player, he remains a particular joy to watch at the plate (.329- 33-116 last season), especially now that the Phillies no longer have to get him out.
9RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Angels
Why the buzz? Only four blown saves in 51 chances last year; he throws (98 K's in 73 innings) the way you want a closer to throw.
101B Mark Teixeira, Rangers
Why the buzz? A two-time Gold Glover, he hits for average (.282 career) and power (140 HRs, 450 RBI in 4 years) in one of baseball's best lineups.
11LHP Billy Wagner, Mets
Why the buzz? He didn't leave Philadelphia with much finesse, but neither does he enter with much when he comes in to close. Love him or loathe him, he's a blast to watch.
123B David Wright, Mets
Why the buzz? For all his offense (.311-26-116 in '06), it's his glove (remember his remarkable stabs against the Phils?) that's as much his signature.
13SS Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
Why the buzz? You name it, he's got it. Great range, youth (23), intimidating speed (51 steals last season) and some pop (17 homers).
14LHP Dontrelle Willis, Marlins
Why the buzz? Dominating when he's on. And even in a down year like 2006, he still went 12-12 with a 3.87 ERA and four complete games.
151B Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Why the buzz? The last guy you ever want to see come up in a game-winning situation, he's hit at least 34 homers and drove in at least 117 runs in all six of his seasons.
16RHP Roy Oswalt, Astros
Why the buzz? It might be a cliche to call him a Texas gunslinger, but it's doggone accurate (55 wins, eight complete games, 556 strikeouts the last three seasons).
171B Lance Berkman, Astros
Why the buzz? A power hitter (45 homers, 136 RBI), he can pound the ball to all fields and shows a balance sheet atypical of most sluggers (690 career walks, 720 career strikeouts).
181B Todd Helton, Rockies
Why the buzz? Just watch him hit (career: .333 average, .430 on-base percentage, .593 slugging percentage, 996 RBI).
19LF Barry Bonds, Giants
Why the buzz? Well, he's often hard to like. And his numbers are quickly heading south. But there's that one record left and he's just 22 homers away from breaking it.
20LHP Barry Zito, Giants