I was watching the Dodger’s game a few weeks ago and as I was watching they raised the question of which shortstop under the age of 25 would you want as a starting point to build a franchise with. They listed Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Addison Russell and Xander Bogaerts.
I knew exactly who I would take but then I got to thinking, that is one position in the game and it is full of young amazing talent (and there are some other great short stops over 25). I realized Major League Baseball has a ton of young amazing talent in the game right now. It might possibly be something that we look back on and realize that this was a golden era of talent and youth.
This idea was enforced in my mind as I watched the Homerun Derby on Monday night and then the All-Star game on Tuesday. Baseball is young, it is fun and there is so much potential for greatness over the next few years.
Think about some of the best players in the game right now; Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Manny Machado, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and on and on the list of goes with players all under the age of 30. Stars who are just hitting their primes.
I was lucky to grow up during Ken Griffey Jr’s start and into his prime. I knew it was a special thing to watch but I feel even more excited for what I’m seeing in baseball right now. Mike Trout may go down as one of the greatest of all time, Clayton Kershaw is on the brink of being one of the greatest of all time, and I’m seeing potential Hall of Famers rising to the challenge across baseball.
Baseball fans need to take notice, because this is not an all the time thing. There have been periods where a few teams will have an amazing youth movement but to have it across the league in every position is rare. I don’t know how many will be future Hall of Famers, but what I do know is that there is amazing talent in the game right now and I don’t want to miss it.