The Future is Here to Stay
The game of baseball is at a crossroad and has been for quite some time. There’s a generation gap between the stars of the past and the up and comers in the league that must carry the game into the future. Very few players are able to maintain consistent success during “father time” as they did early on in their career. The last decade, the MLB was spoiled by the likes of David Ortiz. Arguably the greatest DH of all time had one of his best seasons of his long, illustrious career at the age of 40.
Big Papi has hung his cleats up, and – contrary to many rumors – all signs point to him never stepping in the batters box again. His unprecedented moonshots, infectious charisma, and love of the game will be dearly missed, but the last remaining bolt of the bridge between generations has been replaced. However, at the turn of a new season, with Spring Training games beginning in roughly two weeks, baseball is in good hands.
Unlike any Other Era
The amount of young talent that the game of baseball is spewing out is unlike any era that I can recall. The only time period that comes to mind is when the trio of young, talented shortstops Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, and Alex Rodriguez bursting onto the scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The most insane part about the embarrassment of riches that the MLB possesses is that I could publish a separate article consisting of just a list of names of the potential mega-stars that are 25 years old or younger. Baseball fans have the privilege of watching the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Noah Syndergaard, Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, and Carlos Correa for the foreseeable future. You must forgive me, but when I begin to think of the amount of truly exciting and awe-inspiring players under 25, I can’t help but hyperventilate at the potential for the MLB throughout the next 10 years.
The landscape of the MLB has undergone an extreme culture shift, and the future could not be brighter. As for now, I will just twiddle my thumbs and wish for the next month or so until Opening Day to speed through, so I can witness the greatness of all of these potential MVP candidates.