Besides the battery, the shortstop position is perhaps the most valuable in the game of baseball. He is the soul of the infield, he is the playmaker of the infield, and he is the leader of the infield.
In fact, having an elite shortstop has translated into considerable success. The last three World Series champions have boasted a top shortstop in their respective lineups. The Phillies had Jimmy Rollins in 2009, the Yankees had Derek Jeter in 2010, and although not elite shortstop, Edgar Renteria played like one for the Giants last season.
So in an effort to create the ultimate shortstop, here is a list of the most desirable attributes from a handful of major league shortstops.