Best retired baseball player (2008)

Mo Vaughn

Yes, the beefy ex–Red Sox slugger ended his career a few years ago with a desultory tour as a Met with aching knees. But if Mo Vaughn stunk up Queens, he's doing wonders in Brooklyn as a clean-up man. A savvy businessman now, Vaughn is helping revitalize such places as Brownsville by buying crumbling buildings and renovating them so that ordinary folk—not hipsters—can actually live in them. So far, bad knees and all, Vaughn is batting 1.000 since he retired.