We’re 50 days away from MLB Opening Day, so let’s take a look at 50 things worth noting for the 2024 season.
1. Ohtani’s first appearance
Sign on The largest contract In the history of sports in North America. Of course, we can’t wait to see him hit bombs at Dodger Stadium.
2. Juan Soto in pinstripes
How many home runs will he hit to shortstop at Yankee Stadium?
3. Action Jackson
Two of the top prospects, Jackson Holiday of the Orioles and Jackson Chorio of the Brewers are likely to make their major league debut.
4. The young core of the Orioles/Reds
Both teams have a lot of young talent at the major and minor league levels.
5. Yamamoto in Dodger blue
How will he adjust to playing in the majors?
6. International Baseball
The Padres and Dodgers play in South Korea. The Red Sox and Rays will play in the Dominican Republic. The Astros and Rockies travel to Mexico City; The Mets and Phillies go across the pond to London.
7. Rickwood Field
The Giants and Cardinals will travel to Birmingham, Alabama to play in the oldest professional ballpark in the United States as part of the Juneteenth celebrations commemorating the Negro League and its history.
8. The possibility of crowning champions back-to-back
We haven’t seen a team repeat since the Yankees won the World Series in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Rangers have retained almost the entire roster from last year’s championship team.
9. Final year in Auckland
The A-Team moves to Vegas (unless Mayor Carolyn Goodman can’t stop it) They are in the final year of their contract with RingCentral Colosseum.
10. Dodgers Super Team
On paper, yes. But we won’t do that truly You know until the postseason starts. They can win it all or lose it in the NLDS.
11. The end of the drought in the tournament
The Phillies haven’t won the Fall Classic since 2008, though they’ve been there twice since then — most recently in 2022. The Yankees are still seeking their first World Series win since 2009. The Orioles haven’t won it all since 1983 , but they can win a breakthrough this year. And just like the Rangers before them, the Rays finally captured their first franchise title.
12. See what Ronald Acuña will do next
The Atlanta Braves star is expected to be the MVP again next season. Can he outscore 41 homers and 73 steals?
13. Rule changes
We saw the introduction of the pitch clock last year, and this year they’ve tightened the countdown from 20 to 18, and are also giving baserunners more freedom in their route between home and first base. These are just a few of many Rule changes That will be in effect as baseball tries to make its games faster.
14. Hard Hits: Baseball Edition
Red Sox Announce Netflix documentary similar to Strong blows.
15. The final year for some veterans
This could be the last we see of Joey Votto, Zach Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw.
16. Josh Hader with Astros
Houston added one of the best penalty kills in the game to an already strong bullpen.
17. Find out if Cody Bellinger’s return was a fluke or not
At the time of this writing, he has not re-signed with the Cubs or earned a contract anywhere else, so it will be interesting to see if he stays in Chicago or goes to his third team.
18. Guerrero Jr. bounces back
Barring the curse of the video game cover, Guerrero is expected to be one of the most improved players next season before MLB.
19. Little League Classic
The Yankees and Tigers will play in Williamsport in August.
20. The Astros can make their eighth straight ALCS
A model of consistency for sure.
21. Mike Trout joins the 400 HR club
Assuming he stays healthy, he’s only 32 years away from running away from home.
22. Paul Goldschmidt reaches 2,000 hits
It’s pretty much guaranteed that, unless the season is cancelled, Busch Stadium will be hit by a meteor or decide not to play. It takes less than 100 visits to reach 2000.
23. Seeing Chris Sale as brave
He may be older, but he was great as a Red Sox outfielder and adds some depth to the World Series contender’s outfield rotation
24. Find out if the royals get better after spending money
Kansas City has the highest salary in the AL Central.
25. The Aces return from injury
We know the defending champion Texas Rangers will be good. Imagine how good they will be when they get Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom back from injury this summer.
28. Spring Breakout Series
If you’re interested in prospects, you’re in luck. MLB is launching the Spring Breakout Series, a four-day event of prospect-centric play across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.
29. Paul Skinnes
One of the most exciting prospects in recent memory is set to make his debut this year. Can Livvy’s friend Dan make the pirates count?
30. Eli De La Cruz Sophomore Campaign
The fastest man in the sport of nails captured the nation’s attention last year. It makes heists cool again.
31. New Orioles ownership
The Baltimore Orioles are officially in new hands. Will hedge fund holders bring some juice to one of the AL’s newest contenders? The team has already traded for ace Corbin Burns.
32. Big names on the Hall of Fame ballot
Ichiro Suzuki, CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez, and Dustin Pedroia are some of the standouts.
33. Seeing Luis Arraez hit
The Marlins second baseman flirted with .400 at-bats last season. How much improvement can a high-efficiency hitter get?
34. Watching Spencer Torkelson take the next step
The former No. 1 overall pick was demoted to Triple-A during his 2022 rookie season, then responded with a 31-man outing in 2023. There’s still a lot to learn, but Torkelson can help this Tigers team.
35. Watch Ron Washington take on the Ohtani Angels
This team has missed the playoffs every year since 2014. Shohei Ohtani is gone, and Mike Trout is entering the final stages of his Hall of Fame career. What will the 71-year-old do with this weak club?
36. Spencer Strider will probably hit 300k
The Braves ace would be the youngest person since Sam McDowell to reach the hitting standard.
37. Cleveland’s next star
Corey Kluber. Shane Bieber. Tanner baby? The Guardians continue to produce great pitchers.
38. Nolan Jones makes the Rockies (almost) watchable
The Mile High City doesn’t have anything going at the moment, outside of Jones’ 20-homer/20-steal season
39. The Resurgence of Christian Yelich
He had a bad year in 2023. But the brew staff has a plethora of young talent. Can the former NL MVP return to his form?
40. Seeing what Steve Cohen has in store for the Mets
The billionaire Mets owner spent all of 2023 selling. Does he bring back the spin-and-trade mentality that made him a popular owner to begin with?
41. The first dog on the playground
There’s something very satisfying about biting the skin of an outspoken player fresh on the field
42. Peanut dust in your hat
It is the only time the headgear is used as a plate of food.
43. A beautiful summer day at the playground
When the sun hits your skin just right, you know you’re home
44. Singing “Take Me to the Ball Game”
Is it corny? Yes, but it’s nice that first time (that’s what she said?).
45. Bat split
As soon as you hear the first good bit of communication, you know you’re back.
46. Mocking Angel Hernandez
It should be grounded for life, but it’s fun to touch.
47. Aaron Boone fired
The Yankees skipper sure knows how to make a scene after getting pitched.
48. Archers and catchers report this month
This means spring training is almost here.
49. Spring training
It’s an opportunity to see who is in the “best shape of their lives.”
50. No Taylor Swift
Unless she dumps Travis Kelce for Bryce Harper? I don’t know.