No matter who you ask, baseball is more fun than it’s been in years. With some of the best players in the world doing remarkable things on the field, as well as Hollywood-like narratives going on behind the desk, the upcoming Major League Baseball season should be full of excitement.
Across the United States, during the spring of 2016, roughly 13 million people participated in either baseball or softball. Following the Chicago Cubs historic run in 2016, the 2017 MLB season didn’t disappoint. Though the Astros winning the World Series was incredible, the 2017 offseason was just as entertaining.
Here are some of the most interesting storylines of the 2017 MLB offseason:
Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter is essentially part of two of the biggest storylines in all of sports: acquiring the Marlins and giving the reigning NL MVP to the New York Yankees.
According to USA Today, the former Yankee star is catching a lot of heat from South Florida fans and those within the sporting industry.
Bill Simmons took to Twitter the morning the Giancarlo Stanton announcement was made official:
“A quick recap: Jeter bought the Marlins using mostly other people’s money, completely gutted them, pushed out a bunch of longtime employees, and traded their once-in-a-Generation player to the Yankees.”
ESPN’s Dan Le Batard, a Miami native, was even more frustrated with the move:
“Baseball teaming up with Jeter to give him a baseball team — and Jeter turning around and trading the MVP to his old team while screwing South Florida — feels like Wall Street fraud.”
Looking past Jeter’s decisions, the New York Yankees got an entirely new look for the upcoming season, and people are excited about it.
“[Stanton’s] a great player and our fan base is excited,” said Yankees president Randy Levine. “We’re doing very well, selling a lot of tickets.”
Though Stanton has already proved his worth, Boone, who is managing a team for the first time ever at the age of 44 years old, will have a little more to prove.
Companies fail in hiring good, quality managers roughly 82% of the time — but this is the New York Yankees we’re talking about. Their fan base expects much more than an 18% success rate when it comes to new hires.
“I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations,” Boone said. “Certainly, it’s fair to question my experience in actually doing the job, but I would say in a way I’ve been preparing for this job for the last 44 years.”
On a global scale, the biggest story in baseball this summer was Shohei Otani’s decision to play alongside the best baseball player in the world: Mike Trout and the Los Angles Angels.
“Long time, no see,” the Japanese superstar said during his first news conference as a member of the Angels. “I’m Shohei Otani. Welcome to my press conference. Please enjoy.”
The Angels are coming off their second consecutive losing season and haven’t won a playoff game since 2009, despite having former MVPs Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. The Angles hope Otani, the star pitcher and hitter, can help them take the next leap and win in October.
Spring training is right around the corner and it should be a good one.