While baseball may no longer be as American as apple pie, trailing behind football in popularity while growing in appeal around the world, there is no disputing that the roots of what was once America's pastime run deep in the 50 states that form the United States of America.
From Anchorage, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, major league talent has been produced from every corner that this country has to offer.
In some cases, players like Denard Span, who was born in Washington D.C., wind up playing professionally in the place of their birth. Others never get the opportunity to go back to where it all began.
While every state has produced major league talent, not all of them are now represented on a 25-man major league roster, forcing us to expand our definition of an "active player."
For our purposes, any player playing for an MLB-affiliated team is eligible to be named the greatest active player from his respective birth state.
We'll look at not only what a player is doing in 2013, but what he's accomplished over the course of his career as we separate the contenders from the pretenders and figure out who the greatest active player from every state in the union is.
Let's get to it.
*Unless otherwise noted, all stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through the end of games on May 8.
*Unless otherwise noted, all birthplace and state information courtesy of Baseball-Almanac.com.