By: Joe Cardoso
The grass is starting to grow, and the temperatures are rising, for those who dislike winter it means spring is here. And for sports fans, it means grab a glove and ball because baseball is BACK! Last season in Major League Baseball, we saw the Houston Astros help a city during an incredibly tough time by providing some escape by bringing home a World Series Championship. A new form of law and order broke out in the Bronx in the way of Aaron Judge and his unbelievable ROOKIE season. The offseason seemed to have taken forever, but that’s another article for another day. We had some major moves made by a ton of teams, another star from Japan is now calling America home and he wants to play TWO WAYS, did you hear that Babe Ruth? We all think that for our team this is “our year” until around the 2nd month when the sky begins to fall ha-ha. Young players will continue to become household names and bring a jolt of energy to their franchises. After days of research and thinking it over I came up with 4 questions I have for the upcoming season.
How good will Shohei Ohtani be? The latest Japanese sensation has been very shaky this spring on the mound and at the plate. That’s right he wants to go old school and play both ways. With all the media push about the signing would the Angles dare send him down to the minors for a bit to get in his groove? How much rope does Mike Scioscia give him at the plate with some of the household names he has that could DH? The Angles have one of the top 3 players in the major’s hands down in Mike Trout and added Ohtani adds to the box office appeal. This is one storyline I am all in on and can’t wait to see how it goes.
Can the New York Yankees live up to the hype? One game away from a World Series during a season that most thought was a rebuilding year not too shabby. A pitching rotation that was held together by a tricky elbow, old warhorse and killer bullpen. But these are the Yankees and they don’t stand around on the sidelines, they trade for a monster known as Giancarlo Stanton and he is sort of a big deal. Aaron Boone is the new manager is he ready for the NY hype machine? And what can we expect from wonder kid Gleyber Torres when he gets called up? I can promise you this I can’t think of another TEAM that will be more fun to watch this year than the baby bombers.
Is this the year the Washington Nationals get over the hump? In what many are calling the “Last season of Bryce” Is any team under more pressure than the Nats? With a world-class pitching staff and deadly lineup they just can’t put it together in October. And Harper is one of the top 3 players in the game and they want him in D.C. he wants to win and that could go a long way in resigning him. The season will be full of questions and one can only hope he puts it to rest early in the season the best he can, so it doesn’t become the main theme of the year. But in the age of social media who really thinks that will happen? This team has two of the most overhyped prospects in maybe the history of sports? With Harper, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez all free agents at years end the heat is on. There is no way a franchise with this much talent will end with zero postseason series wins right………
Can the Boston Red Sox bounce back? When you have the top payroll in MLB people have high expectations. What is going on with David Price? Is it the contract messing with his head? Hanley Ramirez needs to produce, and J.D. Martinez must be as good as advertised. No pressure on first-year manager Alex Cora anything less then a wild-card spot would be a failed season for Boston. If some things fall into place the folks who have the Yankees penciled in to win the AL East may want to grab an eraser.
The game as I mentioned is full of exciting young talent which I am juiced to see such as:
Carlos Correa- Houston Astros
Corey Seager- L.A. Dodgers
Aaron Judge- N.Y. Yankees
Kris Bryant- Chicago Cubs
Cody Bellinger- L.A. Dodgers
162 games of drama, home runs, pitch counts, 6 man rotation’s and trades are on the way hope you are ready time to PLAY BALL!