1. With the continued growth of Sabermetrics, some believe baseball can be fully explained by numbers--BPB will not follow suit. Sabermetrics and other statistics does organize a team's or a player's success; and I do believe those numbers suggest certain outcomes--to an extent. Baseball is an inconsistent sport; which can explain the emotional connection it creates with most fans. Much like a normal human-being's life, professional athletes have lives that affect their state-of-mind. Internal and external relationships can affect a player's mindset at any point during the season. Yes--professionals should have learned to control emotions prior to entering the big leagues. However, professional athletes are HUMAN! Human error is unpredictable and is unable to be defined in a mathematical context. I will leave you with this: I am pro-Sabermetrics and analytics in baseball; but I will not rely solely on numbers to explain my thoughts and opinions.
2. Major League Baseball is evolving--that's nothing new. What is new is how the game is changing. Every position's free agent and trade markets are in for a substantial change. Organization's are beginning to call-up younger players more and more; and those players are showing clubs their ability to adjust at the highest level quicker than ever. Typically, players elect free agency around 30-years-old; mainly because of the expiration of the team's total control (or arbitration years). As these young stars add time to their MLB experience, the faster they will enter free agency. Prediction: the average age of free agents in 2020 will be 26-27 years old. If this does occur, don't expect any boom in the average annual value (AAV). You see--if players are producing at the major league level earlier in their career, organizations will hesitate to sign "older" players to huge contracts. Now--it all depends on the owners and baseball operations departments on what their philosophy is when it comes to constructing a roster. I simply wanted to provide you with some food for thought on the evolution of baseball; and where I suspect these trends to go in the near future.
3. I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan first, and a baseball enthusiast second. I will root for them regardless of where they are in the standings; but I will not focus my work solely on one team. Each team will always have an intriguing concept or story; which is why I will keep a diverse mindset throughout each article and update to the site.
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