Complete squads have reported spring training, work is going well, and the first games will begin in just a few days. Here are seven things we want to see as the sports ramp for the start of the 2021 season.
MORE: In honor of Mr. Mate, Taijuan Walker will receive new number
The jared kalinik show
Remember how Mariners president and CEO – sorry, ex-president and CEO – Kevin Mather said that the club had already decided that it was not going to start Kelnik with the big club on Opening Day because Was the dilemma of not signing Kalnik for a long time a team-friendly contract? And then how GM Jerry Depoto said it was time to serve to talk about a man who only played 21 games above Double-A, ignoring the rave at the age of 21 as the club’s alternate Was receiving at the site while minors were closed in 2020?
Yes. The spotlight is on Kelenic, and the former Mets first-round pick – that was Seattle’s key piece in the deal that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York – is eager to show everyone why he was willing to place bets . Myself, and why Baseball America and MLB.com ranked him as the No. 4 prospect in all of baseball.
Magically ending innings
Three outs per inning is no longer a strict rule, at least when spring training games begin. Managers will have the option of ending an innings quickly if a pitcher has already thrown at least 20 pitches and no reliever is ready to enter the innings. It’s going to be awkward to watch with a strange inning, let’s say, an RBI double that leaves runners on second and third. But this rule is through the March 13 game. After this, the actual baseball rules will take effect.
Shauhi Ohtani again atomizer
If you follow any Angels writers or fans or indeed any national baseball people, then you know that on Wednesday afternoon, Otani told reporters that he hit the radar gun during his work session that day at 97 mph. Hit at the speed of. Any sort of reasonable expectations of what he could do in his return flew out of the mound at over 97 mph. It’s easy to forget his electrified talent, what with the injuries – he missed in 2019 after Tommy John surgery and was limited to just two starts in 2020 because the right-handed forearm was tense – and the Angels’ struggle to get to the postman of their time. was for. With the club. But if he is throwing 97 and has started hitting like he did his first two years in big? This can be a very fun spring in the camp of Angels.
Albert Pujols’s Last Spring (Probably)
Speaking of Angels Camp, this is the last spring hurray with the club for future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. He is likely to retire after 2021 – his age 41 season – but if he chooses to continue his career to continue his career, at the end of the season, it is not anticipated to be with the Angels is. So let’s enjoy this spring. He is not what he once was, and he did not last long. But he can still make an accusation in the ball, he still works as hard as ever and is still watching the future Cooperstown Indiese Play Baseball while playing him, and that’s not too bad.
K’Brien Hayes and Asha
For now, he is still mostly known as the son of Charlie Hayes, a longtime big league fielder who entered the finals of the Yankees’ 1996 World Series Championship. But, wow, Hayes was brilliant in his first forest in big league baseball; In an epidemic-short season in 24 games, Hayes hit .376 with a .442 on-base percentage and 202 OPS +. He finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting, mostly because he played only 24 games, but his bWAR – 1.9 – was higher than the other nine rogues who received votes. Many people did not pay attention because the pirates were putrid, and the 2021 campaign does not promise to be much better. But hey? He is the man Pirates fans can watch this spring and get excited about it.
Hunter Green on the Hound
Who’s ready to see the No. 2 pick of the 2017 MLB Draft back on the mound in a baseball game that is counted in the standables (hey, the Spring Training standings are still standings, people)? Every Red fan and every fan of the future of the game, who he is. Green started in the 21 Cincinnati organization – scoring 95 runs in 72 2/3 innings – before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the last few months of 2018 and the entire 2019 season. He spent the summer of 2020 working on the club’s alternate site, but those games were not shown on TV or open to the public, so when he makes his first spring appearance this spring for the Reds, it 2 will be the first in 1 /. 2 years that Cincinnati fans will have a chance to see the big right-handed mound. Green is still only 21 years old.
New faces, new places. Thanks, trades!
Francisco Lindor wore the same jacket worn by Prince Akeem on Thursday morning at Mets’ camp, Eddie Murphy’s classic film “Coming to America.” Nolan Arenado showed the well, red, worn at the Cardinals camp. Yu Darvish added a power arm to the rotation with World Series Aspirations for the San Diego team. His new fan base cannot be more in love with those people. Although Cleveland, Colorado and Chicago fans will have a feel for it.