Welcome to 2019.
All the pleasure and excitement of 2018 is officially at the rear-view mirror and we are roughly six months from beat reporters tweeting out grainy mobile phone photographs through fences as pitchers and catchers report to spring training to start the new year. I can not wait. Give me all the spring mobile phone photos you may find.
To kick off the new year, we are going to attempt to forecast the future. Not the 2019 year though. We’re going to look ahead five years and attempt to predict the best 50 MLB players for the 2023 season. Are you aware how much changes in five decades? A lot. Here are the top 10 players in baseball five years ago, according to WAR:
Trout is the only one of these 10 players I’d comfortably expect to be among the top 10 players in WAR in 2019. Heck, go back only three years, and players such as Jake Arrieta and Kevin Kiermaier were among the top 10 in WAR. A lot changes in five years. A lot.
That is not likely to prevent us from attempting to forecast the future though. After consulting with my fellow CBS Sports MLB scribes, I have put together a definitive list of the best 50 players in baseball to the 2023 season. Assuming baseball survives the fantastic Strike of 2021-22, these will be the greatest players in the sport five years from now.
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