How can people say baseball is dying when the future looks brighter than ever? The game has seen an explosion of young talent over the past few seasons. Many of those players are already considered to be among the game’s best.
If you need further proof of that, look no further. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper are considered the most marketable players in the game, according to a survey conducted by SportsBusiness Daily.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Few players have launched their careers like Trout. At age 25, he’s already won two MVP awards, and there’s a legitimate argument he should have more.
Harper, on the other hand, has been anointed as baseball’s savior since he was 16. He’s mostly lived up to those expectations, though he’s coming off a down season by his standards. If Monday’s home run was any indication, the 24-year-old is eager to put last year behind him.
In total, 17 players are listed as part of the survey. Of those 17, nine are 25 years old or younger. That includes New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Major League Baseball has taken advantage of its talent explosion this season. The league has already released two ads that focus on many of the players featured as part of the survey. The first highlighted all the major storylines heading into the year. The second was built around Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, who was also featured on the list.
So, no, baseball is not dying. In fact, you could make the argument the future of the game has never been stronger.
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