With every new baseball season comes a renewed sense of hope for baseball fans everywhere.
With everyone's record tied at 0-0, every fan of every team can imagine a scenario in which their favorite team finds a way to make it to the playoffs and, with a little luck, the World Series.
Behind these hopes there is oftentimes a prediction of a breakout performance by a young player, a return to form by a veteran, or simply a continued dominance by a team's superstar.
The 2009 season has already seen examples of all of these, and teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers are reaping the rewards. So who are the players behind their teams' success? Here is my breakdown of 2009's best players at the six-week point of the season.