Welcome to 2019.
All of the fun and excitement of 2018 is officially in the rear-view mirror and we are about six weeks away from beat reporters tweeting out grainy cell 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 mobile phone photos you may 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 try to forecast the top 50 MLB players to the 2023 season. Do you know how much changes in five decades? A lot. Listed below are the top 10 players in baseball five years ago, according to WAR:
Trout is the just one of those 10 players I’d comfortably expect to become one of the best 10 players in WAR in 2019. Heck, go back only three years, and players such as Jake Arrieta and Kevin Kiermaier were one of the top 10 in WAR. A lot changes in five decades. A lot.
That’s not going to prevent us from trying to forecast the future though. After consulting with my fellow CBS Sports MLB scribes, I have put together a definitive collection of the best 50 players in baseball to the 2023 season. Assuming baseball survives the Great Strike of 2021-22, these will be the best players from the game five years from today.
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