We worship ballplayers who put up big numbers, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to find those who don't let on-field success go to their heads. In an era when players regularly disappoint us and themselves, a few players stand out for their character:
2. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies. If nothing else, this video shows Rollins and teammate Ryan Howard have a great sense of humor.
3. Clay Zavada, Diamondbacks. His path to the majors alone contains more hardship than some players encounter in their entire careers.
4. Joe Beimel, Rockies. I know, Joe Beimel? We had a front-row seat for his troubles, but his turnaround has been heartening.
5. George Sherrill, Dodgers. Yes, the Dodgers have a character guy. See what Dodger broadcaster Eric Collins has to say about him and see if you don't agree.
(hat tip: Big League Stew)