FANS: Matt Williams, Diamondbacks
Washed up? Williams (.324, 21 homers, 70 RBIs) has crushed critics with the best first-half numbers of his 13-year career.
FANS: Barry Larkin, Reds
As the Mets' Rey Ordo�ez darted, dove and dashed his way into the hearts of Ozzie Smith fans everywhere, Larkin quietly put up fantastic numbers (.312, nine homers, 50 RBIs) plus solid defense.
FANS: Mike Piazza, Mets
SI: Mike Lieberthal, Phillies
In a banner year for backstops—including Piazza, the Pirates' Jason Kendall, the Brewers' Dave Nilsson (page 48) Lieberthal gets the edge for his glove work and surprisingly potent wood (.328, 17 homers).