Like a kid in December, I’ve been counting the days till Baseball comes back. 10 more sleeps and we’ll be up and running, we hope. Between opt-outs and COVID reports, there are plenty of reasons to be dubious of the likelihood the promised 60-game schedule is realized in full. However, I think I speak for most MLB fans, we’re just ready to watch some, any, Baseball.
The reigning Champion Washington Nationals will open the season at home against the perennially contending New York Yankees.
The opt-outs have discouraged some fans regarding the legitimacy of the coming season. May I suggest a factor you may not have considered. For each opt-out, there’s a young stud waiting in the wings to get a chance. In fact, here’s the list of players who have opted-out and who I am looking forward to seeing get a more significant chance as a result:
- Mike Leak, SP Mariners – Justin Dunn, SP
- Ryan Zimmerman, 1B Nationals – Carter Kieboom IF
- Joe Ross, SP Nationals – Ben Braymer, SP
- Ian Desmond, OF Rockies – Seth Beer, OF/IF
- David Price, SP Dodgers – Dustin May, SP
- Tyson Ross, SP Giants – Logan Webb, SP
- Felix Hernandez, SP Braves – Kyle Wright, SP
- Nick Markakis, OF Braves – Drew Waters, OF
- Buster Posey, C Giants – Joey Bart, C
- Michael Kopech, SP White Sox – honestly, this one is tough because I was looking forward to him getting a chance, but Dane Dunning, SP