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Low profile, but high impact

It's nice to have All-Stars at every position, but then, not everybody can be -- or spend like -- the Yankees and Red Sox. As the last two World Series champs have taught us, you can win a lot of games (and titles) with lesser-known, lower-profile players.

The superstars may get the big salaries and bigger headlines, but there are plenty of players sprinkled throughout the game who are plenty valuable to their respective teams --without getting the attention or the attendance big dollars.

As the new year kicks off, a look at baseball's underappreciated, unnoticed players, without whom their teams wouldn't be the same.

Sean McAdam of the Providence (R.I.) Journal covers baseball for ESPN.com.