MLB Season Preview

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MLB Season Preview

Major League Baseball's opening day was March 28. Teams will play 162 games before the playoffs begin.

Major League Baseball's opening day was March 28. Teams will play 162 games before the playoffs begin.

Jon Eckert

Major League Baseball's opening day was March 28. Teams will play 162 games before the playoffs begin.

Jon Eckert

Jon Eckert

Major League Baseball's opening day was March 28. Teams will play 162 games before the playoffs begin.

Claire Jackering, Staff Reporter

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Yankees or Red Sox. Brewers or Cubs. Astros or Rangers. Every baseball fan has their own team they will watch for the next 162 games. Every season also features many trades and free agencies that sometimes leave fans heartbroken. With this being said, there’s a lot to catch up on for the 2019 MLB season.

Over the past offseason, many big-name players were traded or became free agents. Two of the most anticipated free agencies were those of third baseman Manny Machado and outfielder Bryce Harper. It took about four months for these players to meet with other teams and make their decisions on where to go. In the end, they signed the two largest contracts in major league history. Machado signed a ten-year deal for $300 million with the San Diego. Harper signed a thirteen-year deal for $330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other popular trades and free agencies include former Miami Marlins catcher J.T Realmuto to the Phillies, L.A. Dodgers outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals, and Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal to the Milwaukee Brewers.

A new season also comes with updated predictions on how each team will perform. Some of the most talked about division standing predictions are of the National League (NL) Central. The NL Central includes the division of the Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Reds, Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Since last season’s standings were so close, the Brewers and Cubs needed an extra game to break the tie for division champions. This season with these new players on central teams, the Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers are said to be the top candidates for NL Central champions.  

A lot of people are also concerned with what the result of the NL East will be. With this division containing the New York Mets, Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Marlins, and Washington Capitals, the only prediction that is well-known is that the Marlins will finish at the bottom. Otherwise, the result of this division is completely unknown and unpredictable.

Another popular topic for the 2019 season is about which players will be elected MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year. Last year’s NL MVP Christian Yelich, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, made a huge campaign for the title. This season, he is still one of the names brought up in the discussion for the 2019 MVP.

Predictions for Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and the American League MVP are completely up to speculation and more predictions will probably be made closer to the end of the season as more players approach the spotlight.

Overall, the 2019 season will be one to remember for all MLB fans as they watch their favorite teams for the entire 162 games with new players seen on every team and new predictions for the season.