As the clouds from baseball’s steroid era began to break away, a very bright sun is shining over the league. Young stars are scattered all through the majors and is seemingly making baseball glare quite brightly!
This week’s All Star events was more than just a showcase of some of the best major league talent. It was able to serve as a preview into baseball’s ever so bright future. The Angels alone had enough young talent to make a baseball fan optimistic about the game. Trumbo and Trout will definitely be something to watch. If anyone missed the home run derby, Trumbo has some real power! Trout seems to have all the makings of a great outfielder with a combo of speed and a good bat.
The All Star events also gave us another look at Bryce Harper, who made his first all star appearance at the age of 19. Mr. Harper’s talents and abilities have long preceded him and there is very little question about the type of player he will be in baseball’s near future.
The important thing to take from all of this is that all of these players are not only good, they are good on good teams. The Nationals are leading the NL East and the Angels are 4 back of Texas in the AL West. Halfway through this season, they would both be playoff teams at this point. Those young stars are all playing intricate roles on both of those teams.
We have to assume that these “kids” will only get better. They surely have not reached their ceiling. Its safe to assume they will play this well for quite some time, and possibly at much higher levels. Note, I didn’t even mention Strasburg, Sale, or Freese; who has already taken his talents to a World Series.
What to take from all of this? Baseball is in great hands! Not that the Miguel Cabreras, Albert Pujos, and David Wrights of the league are that old. More like adding that to the fact that they should all play a good while longer, alongside the talent that we saw on display this week and have been seeing all season. If this is truly baseball’s new era, then what a grand start it has gotten off to.