Welcome to 2019.
All the fun and excitement of 2018 is formally in the rear-view mirror and we’re about six weeks away from defeat strangers tweeting out grainy cell 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 cell phone photos you can find.
To kick off the new year, we’re going to try to predict the future. Not the 2019 year though. We are going to look ahead five years and attempt to predict the best 50 MLB players to the 2023 season. Are you aware how much changes in five years? A lot. Here are the top 10 players in baseball years ago, based on WAR:
Trout is the just one of those 10 players I would comfortably expect to become one of the best 10 players in WAR in 2019. Heck, return just three decades, and players such as Jake Arrieta and Kevin Kiermaier were among the top 10 in WAR. A lot changes in five decades. A lot.
That’s not going to stop us from trying to predict 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 best players from the sport five years from now.
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