ESPN is an absolute sham of a network, and to a point, I feel sorry for players outside of NY, Boston, St. Louis, and sometimes the Northside of Chicago. Justin Verlander is my Rookie of the Year, but I'll bet God gets it because ESPN is always slurping him.
This year, I'm mighty impressed by the Florida Marlins. Hell of a team, hell of a franchise. I'm a White Sox fan first, Braves fan second, but man, the Marlins make it hard to be a Brave fan when they've got such exciting, young, inexpensive baseball. Pittsburgh and Kansas City can cry "Poor" all they want, Florida doesn't, and I'm impressed by that. (Don't get me wrong. I personally think it'll be a great day in baseball history when KC or Pittsburgh win the WS again.)
I think Cuban baseball is exciting, and Cuban baseball players impressive. I think that it's a shame that Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez and Livan Hernandez will never make the Hall of Fame because they spent the prime years of their lives playing in Cuba. Those guys are excellence in every sense of the word.