The MLB Youth Movement

Baseball is slowly making the transition of bringing up younger players rather than developing them for numerous years in the minors.  This transition started when Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were both called up to the majors at the age of 19, which is incredible.  At the age of 19, I was an average college freshman trying to “make it big” in intramurals.  The fans fell in love with both Trout and Harper when they were brought up due to the hype of the media. These two players lived up to the hype and became idols for young baseball players (including myself).  Both players have already won MVP awards before the age of 25 (Trout has won the award twice) which is crazy to think about because most players don’t reach their prime until the age of 27.  Trout and Harper are the foundation of this massive movement and they continue to shock the sports world on a daily basis.

Another player that has been a big part of this movement is my favorite player, Kris Bryant. Bryant has already accomplished so much in his first two years in the MLB.  He has won the Rookie of the Year award, an MVP award, and he has a World Series under his belt.  Kris is a fan favorite in not only Chicago, but all around the U.S., he currently has the number one selling jersey in the MLB

Corey Seager is the most recent addition to the youth movement. Seager drew in a large fan base after his first season in the majors. He easily won Rookie of the Year and he finished third in MVP votes last year. Seager plays shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers which is a great combination because shortstop is the most popular position for little leaguers and the Dodgers are televised quite often. I enjoy watching him play and I am certain that he will be a star for many years to come.

Young stars continue to be brought up throughout the MLB, which is exciting for the fans of baseball because people are always looking for someone new to follow and cheer for. I will continue to enjoy my favorite sport and I hope that this youth movement draws in more viewers the next few years.



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