And currently, an argument wages on that evokes memories of the late 1990s. Each team's fan base believes their young-stud middle infielder is the best in the division, and perhaps the AL, if not all of Major League Baseball.
The last time this happened, shortstops Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra were the young guys emerging as some of the key components to their successful teams, fighting for top dog position as the teams constantly battled for the Division crown.
Fast-forward a decade or so, and the fight lives on, but this time it's on the other side of the second base bag, between Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia.
As both players lay the very early ground work for potential Hall of Fame careers, which team has the better second sacker?