Great Eight: Here are eight future legends you must see play
Key stat: Started his career with nine straight seasons of at least .314 average, 32 HRs and 103 RBIs.
Quote: "You look at a guy like Pujols and go `wow, he doesn't strike out.' Over the long course of a season, you'd think a guy with that much power would strike out. He doesn't, and that's impressive." -Twins DH Jim Thome
Key stat: First catcher to win even one batting title, Mauer now has three in his first six seasons.
Quote: "Obviously, you know, his hitting, being able to do what he's able to do. And then just the kind of person he is: He's so down to earth, humble ... just a guy if you played with him, you'd say, 'If I'm going to start a team, this is the guy I'd start with.'" -Indians reliever Jensen Lewis
Key stat: Two NL Cy Young awards in his first three seasons.
Quote: "He's undersized and maybe 160 pounds soaking wet. But he's not afraid to come right at you, and he knows how to pitch. He's just one of those guys who is fun to watch." -Ken Griffey Jr.
Key stat: 13 30-homer seasons, 12-time All-Star, three-time MVP.
Quote: "(Pujols) and A-Rod will be on the cusp of breaking a lot of offensive records. All of these guys are players who can have a tremendous impact on a game all by themselves. They can change the course of a game with one big play." - Rays third baseman Evan Longoria
Key stat: Nine straight 200-hit seasons, nine-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glove winner
Quote: "He's got something in mind that he's going to do, and he'll do it. That's what makes him great." -Mariners second baseman Chone Figgins
Key stat: Six-time All-Star, has led his league in complete games five times.
Quote: "He's got four `plus' pitches, and at any time in the game, he can throw any of them for a strike. Even if one of them isn't working, he still has three. -Evan Longoria
Key stat: 10-time All-Star, .316 career average.
Quote: "Guys like Jeter, you watch them execute in crunch time. They've had so much experience, and they're so consistent in how they do it. So those guys in those situations are really fun to watch." -Indians reliever Frank Herrmann
Quote: "I'm excited to see Stephen Strasburg. Everyone's saying he's the next big thing. ... He's definitely a guy right now who can't miss." -Indians reliever Frank Herrmann