Welcome to 2019.
All the pleasure and excitement of 2018 is officially at the rear-view mirror and we are roughly six months away from beat reporters tweeting out grainy mobile phone photos through fences as pitchers and catchers report to spring training to start the new season. I can not wait. Give me all the spring cell phone photos you can find.
To kick off the new year, we are going to try to forecast the future. Not the 2019 year though. We’re going to look ahead five decades and attempt to predict the top 50 MLB players to the 2023 season. Do you know how much changes in five years? A lot. Listed below are the top 10 players in baseball years ago, according to WAR:
Trout is the just one of these 10 players I would comfortably expect to be among the top 10 players in WAR in 2019. Heck, return only three decades, 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 stop us from attempting to forecast the future though. After consulting with my fellow CBS Sports MLB scribes, I have assembled a definitive collection of the top 50 players in baseball for the 2023 season. Assuming baseball survives the fantastic Strike of 2021-22, these will be the best players in the sport five years from today.
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