The 2020 MLB season is going to happen, but it is not what we thought it to be. We thought the 2020 season would be a regular 162 game season with tons of fans cheering and getting some great ballpark food at baseball games. Even though this is not happening, we still have a 2020 season and we should all be happy! Here are some things we are excited to see in the 2020 MLB season.
Globe Life Field
The Rangers new ballpark Globe Life Field will be one of the most exciting things to see in 2020. Sadly fans won't be able to go to the stadium, but they will still be able to see games being played here on TV. Don't confuse Globe Life Field with Globe Life Park. Globe Life Park is the stadium that the Rangers have used dating back to 1994. Now, the Rangers will play in Globe Life Field which is across the street from Globe Life Park, and right next to AT&T Stadium, which is the home of the Cowboys. Every MLB fan loves to see a new stadium as they are modern and have a lot of new and cool features that no one has seen before. This is why Globe Life Field will be one of the most exciting things to see in 2020, even though fans can't physically watch the Rangers play here.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels won't be the best team in baseball this year but that does not stop them from being the team that most fans can't wait to watch. The Angels have always been a top watched team because of Mike Trout. Trout is the best player in baseball and it is not even close. So what makes the Angels so special to watch this year rather than any other year?
The Angels have new manager in Joe Maddon. Maddon is a 2-time World Series Champion (one as a manager and one as a coach) and has won Manager of the Year three times. Maddon should make the Angels a much better team. The Angels also signed Anthony Rendon, one of the best third basemen in baseball, this offseason. Rendon is coming off his best year where he led the Nationals to the World Series. Rendon made his first All Star Game last year while leading the MLB in RBI's. Rendon is also a 2-time Silver Slugger and a former Comeback Player of the Year winner. When you team up Rendon with Trout, you easily get the best duo in baseball and maybe even in this generation. You also can't forget about Shohei Ohtani who baseball fans love to watch. Ohtani is coming off Tommy John surgery and season ending surgery to repair a bipartite patella. As a result, Ohtani only played in a few games last year, but still managed to hit for the cycle. Ohtani is fully healthy and should be one of the favorite players to watch in 2020 because of his pitching and hitting. Yes, Ohtani is a pitcher and DH! Joe Maddon is expecting to have Ohtani pitch once a week! The Angels should be a top watched team having one of the best managers in the league, the best duo in baseball, and the best two way player.
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Mookie Betts should be one of the top players that fans can't wait to see in 2020. Many people will say Mike Trout is but we know what Mike Trout will do as he is so consistent. Mookie Betts is now on the Dodgers after a trade with the Red Sox that included David Price. Betts will now be paired up with Cody Bellinger which will be one of the best duos in baseball. This will make Betts and the Dodgers so exciting to watch. Mookie Betts was one of the biggest additions by any team this offseason besides the Gerrit Cole signing. Betts is a 4 time All Star, 3× Silver Slugger, 4× Gold Glover, AL Batting Champion in 2018, and an AL MVP winner! Betts will be very exciting to watch since he will be one of the best players in baseball, but also because he is in a new uniform.
MLB fans and especially Mets fans cannot wait to see what Pete Alonso will do this year. Last year was Alonso's rookie year and he led the MLB with 53 home runs, which broke the Mets and rookie record for home runs in a single season. Alonso also won the 2019 Home Run Derby. What makes it exciting to watch Alonso this year is to see if he will do as well as he did last year. You would think that Alonso would do better this year because last year was his rookie year, but pitchers may have figured out Alonso. This makes Pete Alonso one of the most exciting players to watch in 2020.
The Astros should be a team that fans can't wait to watch. The reason fans can't wait to watch the Astros is because fans don't like them. This offseason, it was announced that the Astros cheated in the playoffs and in the World Series. This is something that no team should ever do and that is why many fans and even players from other teams now hate the Astros. The Astros should be lucky that there are no fans in the crowd because they would have a hard time playing. The Astros know this because they already had a hard time playing at Spring Training. Believe me, even with no fans in the crowds, there will still be pitches thrown at the Astros. As a result, fans will want to watch the Astros in 2020 to see if they can handle the hatred. The Astros do have the third best odds to win the World Series according to Fox.
Other things that many MLB fans cannot wait to see in 2020 are Christian Yelich, Gerrit Cole, the DH rule and the extra innings rule. Fans can't wait to see if Yelich will have another MVP year. Fans also can't wait to see what Gerrit Cole can do in the Bronx! Gerrit Cole is the second best pitcher in baseball as well as the highest paid pitcher, and on a team like the Yankees he should get a lot of attention. MLB fans also can't wait to see how the DH rule will play out. If the MLB likes having a universal DH, they may even keep it forever. MLB fans may even change their mind about disliking a universal DH! Lastly, MLB fans can't wait to see the new extra innings rule. The MLB is always trying to find ways to speed up the game and one of the ways in 2020 is to have a runner start off on second base when in extra innings. This will speed up the game. A single to start off an inning can break a tie in extra innings and prevent the game from going past 10 innings. Teams will have the option to have the last batter that got out on second or a pinch hitter.
Even though this 2020 season is much different than a normal season, there is still plenty of things to look forward to!