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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Young players have officially taken over Major League Baseball

This summer, when we asked major league veterans to talk about getting old, only one of them—Adam Jones, father of two sons—brought up Lightning McQueen.

Aging is not so much the body breaking down, Jones theorized, as the fact that every generation is better than the one before it. “It’s not an excuse, but the game’s gotten harder. That’s all it is: the next generation. It’s like that line from ‘Cars 3.’ His grandpa told him, ‘You’ll know when to retire. The youngsters will tell you.’ I’m nowhere near that, but the next generation’s here, and they’re really good.”

It was the car’s uncle, not his grandpa, but otherwise Jones knows of what he speaks. The next generation is here, and they are really good. This is true of every generation—a universal truth—but it has probably never been more true in baseball than it is right now, right this very second.

A commentary on young players, using statistical evidence to consider if they are, indeed, better than ever before- I will leave it to those who know the numbers better to debate this point.

QLE Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
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