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MLB Transition

Major League Baseball is one of America’s greatest pastimes, or at least it used to be.  In my opinion, baseball has been steadily falling in popularity ever since the Subway Series took place in New York.  With the meteoric rise of football in this country baseball is having real trouble competing.

Popularity may be on the downturn as of now but the outlook for the sport seems to be looking up.  Rob Manfred, the new commissioner of MLB, has put forth some new ideas to create more excitement with the sport.  Anything from a pitching clock to the shrinking of the strike zone will, in the future, be tested and implemented.

This transition period within the MLB isn’t only defined through the change in commissioner; there is always a somewhat subtle change in the balance of power amongst teams as well.  There are teams that have been bad teams looking ready to compete and some perennial powers looking to have a down year.

A couple of the teams on the uptick would be the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.  Both are trending in the right direction but as a result of two very different building processes.  The Padres made a big splash this offseason by acquiring 3 very talented players, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, and Matt Kemp to make up their star studded outfield.  They also acquiring veteran James Shields who has major success in the pros since 2008 when he and the Tampa Bay Rays made a playoff run all the way to the World Series.  The Chicago Cubs, on the other hand, have started to turn the corner mainly because they’ve been so bad in recently years.  They have built through the draft.

Teams that are looking at having a subpar year would be the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees.  The Cincinnati Reds have had an interesting few years to say the least.  Joey Votto, one of their main offensive weapons, has been injured off and on recently.  Some of their pitching has left leaving a major hole.  The New York Yankees, in my personal opinion, are getting worse because of cyclical reasons.  To their credit, since the late 1990s, they’ve had a number of future hall of famers play for them and retire as a Yankees.  But as time went on it seems the players on the team who have the most talent are always injured/suspended (Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez) or retiring (Jeter, Rivera, Posada, etc.).    They seemed to have finally hit a breaking point where the team doesn’t even seem to have the potential to compete.  I guess it’s time to let some other teams have some fun this year.

Even though things haven’t been great for the league in recent years it seems like they are finally ready to evolve a bit.  From the new commissioner to rule changes to the balance of power being shifted, it will be interesting to see how Major League Baseball will fare in the time to come.  Football has had no trouble evolving as a league to appease the majority of the American population.  It looks like baseball is ready to do the same.

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg is originally from Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Finance and Economics. Eric spends his time making tons of money on fantasy football.

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