Previewing the MLB

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Previewing the MLB

Michael Mates, Sports Editor

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Opening Day, the annual event that rings in the new season of America’s pastime of baseball is today, March 28. This year, the Mariners and Athletics played in Tokyo, Japan on March 20 and March 21 to open up the Major League Baseball (MLB) season. The official opening series was won by the Mariners and they gained an early lead in the American League (AL) West. Although they had a positive start, star player Ichiro Suzuki retired after the two games in his homeland, Japan. The future Hall of Famer has played 19 years and has over 3,000 hits. Many different analysts have differing opinions on who will win the the coveted Commissioner’s Trophy. Senior Sam Christmann said, “I think the Braves will beat the Blue Jays in five games in the World Series.”

With many record breaking deals made in the winter, the MLB landscape has shifted. Here are ten things to know for the start of the MLB season.

 

  1. Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Mike Trout all inked deals that have values upwards of $300 million.
  2. All 30 teams play on Opening Day as opposed to past years where only one game has been played.
  3. Many experts believe that the Cleveland Indians will run away and win the AL Central by a large margin.
  4. There is a total of 2,430 games played over the course of the regular season.
  5. Many analysts are interested to see the new look NL East with four of five  teams having World Series potential: Phillies, Braves, Nationals, and Mets.
  6. The Marlins and Indians have made changes to their uniforms while the Reds will be using their throwback uniforms more often.
  7. Former Ranger Adrian Beltre and former Twin Joe Mauer will have their numbers retired during the year.
  8. Miguel Cabrera is only 35 home runs away for the landmark number of 500.
  9. In his final season, CC Sabathia is only 14 strikeouts form 3,000 in his career.
  10. The defending champion Boston Red Sox have to fend off the rising stars on the Yankees team to win the AL East.

All facts from ESPN, Baseball Reference, and CBS Sports