Baseball is Back!

Baseball is Back!

Haddon Shively

Major League Baseball’s opening day is finally here. The 154th year of the MLB is finally underway with an entire 15-game slate of every matchup spanning the entirety of the day on March 30. With so many of the game’s greatest players lacing up their cleats with either the same clubs or new faces hitting the dirt for new teams, there is a lot to expect from each matchup.

Some key aspects of games to keep in mind are the beginning of a fully healthy seasonal campaign from perennial MVP candidate Ronald Acuna Jr. for the Atlanta Braves, Aaron Judge beginning his follow up year with New York Yankees after having one of the most historic MVP seasons in recent memory, along with last season’s Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins and newly acquired New York Met Justin Verlander.

Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout look to extend their positional dominance, carrying over from this year’s World Baseball Classic for the Los Angeles Angels, being widely regarded as the two best players in all of baseball. New exciting rookies such as Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe and St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Jordan Walker begin their hopefully lengthy careers with each respective team, along with sophomore campaigns beginning for last year’s slew of talented prospects that were called up such as Orioles catcher Adley Rutchsman, Mariners Center fielder Julio Rodriguez, Royals short stop Bobby Whit Jr., and World Series MVP short stop for the Astros Jeremy Pena.

With so many exciting stars getting ready to hit the diamond, one can barely keep up with how much talent is in today’s game in one sitting. That’s exactly why you should tune in to the best the MLB has to offer as the league begins its inaugural sendoff, beginning each team’s march towards October.