With MLB players and owners struggling to come to terms on a return-to-play strategy for 2020, we're focusing on the actual players who will take the field when games eventually get back underway.
Over the next several weeks, NBC Sports Boston is counting down the Top 100 players for 2020. While our list won't include several aces who will definitely not play this season - Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and Chris Sale of the Red Sox - our countdown includes many other All-Stars.
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As we continue our countdown and move into the Top 50, we find J.D. Martinez, who has broken out into a feared hitter after a slow start to his career. Released by the Astros before the 2014 season, he remade his approach, flourished with the Tigers and now has made back-to-back All-Star teams with the Sox.
Now 32, he's an established veteran, but it's also possible the late bloomer is only early in his prime years. So where does he land on our Top 100?
MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Part 3, Numbers 50-26 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston