Move over March Madness, Baseball's Back!

Alright, here's what to expect for the 2019 Baseball Season.

 

We’re only a few weeks out from opening day of America’s past time: baseball! Some big names are already making headlines in this spring training season, and I for one am very excited to see what the season has to offer. Below is a list of everything you need to know going into this season!

 

Bryce Harper signed the biggest contract in MLB history with the Philadelphia Phillies, so what does that mean for the City of Brotherly Love’s team?

 

After months of rumors and speculation linked teams to a variety of teams including the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bryce Harper finally signed a $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies for the next thirteen years, with no opt-out clauses. With Harper in the Phillies’ batting lineup along with players such as Andrew McCutchen and Rhys Hoskins, the Phillies’ odds of taking the NL East are looking very promising in 2019.

 

 

Manny Machado’s 10 year contract with the Padres

 

Manny Machado also made headlines when he signed a 10 year $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres with an opt-out after his fifth season with them. Manny Machado will wear #13 and be the third baseman for San Diego’s team.

 

 

The Red Sox are still dangerous and are looking to defend their 2018 title.  

 

The Boston Red Sox have one of the scariest batting lineups and starting rotations in the MLB. With guys like Mookie Betts, JD Martinez, and Xander Boegarts in the batting lineup and names like Chris Sale (despite his injuries) and David Price in your starting rotations, it’s inevitable that the team is expected not only do well, but outdo their 2018 record in 2019. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? Time will tell, the AL East is shaping up to be a dog fight. The Yankees are hungry for a rematch after last season’s ALDS series and have been treating spring training games against Boston’s team like regular season games.

 

 

The Yankees officially have the meanest bullpen in the MLB. And their batting lineup is pretty terrifying too.

 

The Yankees starters include Masahiro Tanaka, Vet CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, resigned J.A. Happ, and signed James “Big Maple” Paxton from the Seattle Mariners. Along with this rotation, big names like Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, and the addition of Adam Ottavino round out the bullpen. Not only is the pitching end of the team stacked, but the batting lineup is ready to do some serious damage too. With veterans like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Brett Gardner showing young guys with serious hitting power like Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres the ropes, the Yankees poised to leave the remaining AL East in their rearview mirror this year and are shaping up to be a “World Series or nothing” kind of team.  

 

 

There’s no doubt that the 2019 baseball season is going to be interesting, but one thing’s for sure. These teams are going to have us on our toes all season long, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

 

HCXO,

 

Annie

 

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