The major media outlets these days tend to put heavy emphasis on the major media market franchises.
Every sports fan is bombarded with coverage of the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs, but rarely gets a chance to enjoy in-depth coverage of the Royals, Mariners, Rangers, or Giants.
Small market teams, buried in obscurity, hide plenty of true baseball gems around the league. Raul Ibanez, for example, emerged this year as a superstar at the age of 37, after spending over a decade as a very productive slugger in Kansas City and Seattle.
So, as we draw nearer to the All-Star break and the midpoint of the 2009 season, I think we should call attention to the breakout players who you may have never seen or heard of before now...assuming we all know who Zack Greinke is.