CIVAN RODRIGUEZ, Rangers.
His 199 hits were second most ever for a catcher. He also threw out 53% of runners who tried to steal on him. (Runner-up for catcher slot, Mets' Mike Piazza: 21%.) Meanwhile, Pudge stole 25 himself.
1B MARK MCGWIRE, Cardinals.
Gets slight edge over Astros' Jeff Bagwell because of big advantages in home runs (65-42) and RBIs (147-126). Honorable mention to A's Jason Giambi and Blue Jays' Carlos Delgado.
2B RODERTO ALOMAR, Indians.
Put up power hitter's numbers (24 homers, 120 RBIs, .533 slugging percentage) while showing premium baserunning skills and unsurpassed defense.
SS DEREK JETER, Yankees.
Even better all-around season than Alomar's. Remarkable production (.349, 24 homers, 102 RBIs) from number 2 spot in lineup. Major league leader in hits (219) also exhibited better glove and durability than Red Sox' Nomar Garciaparra or Mariners' Alex Rodriguez.
3B CHIPPER JONES, Braves.
Clutch hitter with better on-base (.441) and slugging (.633) percentages and more runs (116) and home runs (45) than either Diamondbacks' Matt Williams or Mets' Robin Ventura.
LF LUIS GONZALEZ, Diamondbacks.
National League hits leader (206) is choice out of a lackluster list of possibilities. He had better batting average (.336) and on-base (.403) and slugging (.549) percentages than either Rockies' Dante Bichette, Orioles' B.J. Surhoff or Reds' Greg Vaughn.
CF DERNIE WILLIAMS, Yankees.
Toughest call of any position, with Pirates' Brian Giles and Mariners' Ken Griffey Jr. holding the edge in power. This vote, though, is one to curb worship of the almighty dinger. Williams has huge advantages over Giles and Griffey in batting average (.342) and hits (202), plus more walks (100) and better on-base percentage (.435) while still providing power numbers (25 homers, 115 RBIs).
RF MANNY RAMIREZ, Indians.
It took greatest run production (165 RBIs) in 61 years to beat out Cubs' Sammy Sosa, who nearly joined 1930s sluggers Chuck Klein, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx as the only players with back-to-back 400-total-bases seasons. Honorable mention to Blue Jays' Shawn Green and Expos' Vladimir Guerrero.
DH RAFAEL PALMEIRO, Rangers.
American League-leading hitter in late innings of close games (.413) drove in winning run 20 times.
RHP PEDRO MARTINEZ, Red Sox.
So much better than everyone else in American League, he could have given up 32 earned runs in his last inning of the season and still won the ERA title.