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Sports Illustrated MLB Preview 2020

Through emotional storytelling and award-winning photography, Sports Illustrated provides you with complete coverage of all your favorite sports, including the NFL, College Football, Baseball, College Basketball, the NBA and more.

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5 min.
what’s old is new again

THE 1920 BASEBALL SEASON BEGAN RATHER ORDINARILY. THOMAS MARSHALL, Woodrow Wilson’s vice president, threw out the first pitch at the Senators’ home opener against Boston; the Indians, behind centerfielder Tris Speaker, got off to a 33–16 start. Yet it inaugurated a decade that remains one of the game’s most memorable and dynamic. Small ball gave way to slugging. Total attendance, which had cleared 7 million just twice before, exceeded 9 million in seven of 10 seasons. Lou Gehrig, Paul Waner and Lefty Grove started their careers; Speaker, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson ended theirs. And the lowly Yankees, stirred to life by their purchase of Babe Ruth just five days into the decade, opened Yankee Stadium and won six pennants and three World Series, en route to becoming—sigh—the sport’s signature franchise. Any…

4 min.
5 minute guide

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW HEADING INTO THE SEASON 1 DOLLAR DAYS It was good to be a top free agent at the winter meetings this year. It was even better to be an agent. Scott Boras agreed to nearly $1 billion worth of deals for his clients at MLB’s annual gathering: $324 million over nine years for Yankees starter Gerrit Cole and a pair of $245 million contracts over seven years for Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon. Boras joined the four-comma club after lefties Dallas Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and infielder Mike Moustakas signed for a combined $199.5 million in December 2019. All of this is to say that Boras’s successful winter was MLB’s successful winter, with clubs up and down the standings (Yankees, Reds, Blue Jays)…

1 min.
team of the 2020s

JUAN SOTO LF Nationals FERNANDO TATÍS JR. SS Padres MIKE TROUT CF Angels RONALD ACUÑA JR. RF Braves WANDER FRANCO 2B Rays GLEYBER TORRES 3B Yankees SHOHEI OHTANI SP/DH Angels ADLEY RUTSCHMAN COrioles CODY BELLINGER 1B Dodgers CASEY MIZE SP Tigers MIKE SOROKA SP Braves MACKENZIE GORE SP Padres JACK FLAHERTY SP Cardinals ROBERT BECK (OHTANI , TROUT) ; ROB CARR/GETTY IMAGES (SOTO) ; MARK CUNNINGHAM/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (MIZE) ; DAVID E. KLUTHO (FRANCO) ; BRAD MANGIN (ACUNA JR.) ; NILS NILSEN (TATIS JR.) ; ERICK W. RASCO (TORRES) ; MARK J. REBIL AS/USA TODAY SPORTS (GORE) ; JOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES (FLAHERTY) ; BRIAN ROTHMULLER/ ICON SPORTSWIRE/GETTY IMAGES (BELLINGER) ; CARLOS M. SA AVEDRA (SOROKA) ; PATRICK SMITH/GETTY IMAGES (RUTSCHMAN)…

16 min.
1 because … the greatest sho on earth has returned to town

“In whatever situation a person finds himself, he should not abandon his favorite ways and his special abilities…. A hero should go his own way.”—Sa ka moto Ryo ma, 19th-century samurai ANGEL STADIUM in Anaheim has been turned into a grown-up’s playpen. Four thousand tons of dirt cover the baseball field, sculpted into giant peaks resembling a scaled-down version of the San Gabriel Mountains, in preparation for a February monster truck show. Workers on break operate remote-control versions of the real monsters, soaring, somersaulting and swarming the cordillera with comic imprecision. To see the faces of the controllers is to understand why the lever in their hand is called a joystick. In the luxury suite of Angels owner Arte Moreno in an otherwise empty stadium, above it all, is the greatest two-way…

2 min.
2 because … mlb’s second-best player is about to hit the open market

THE FREE-AGENT market rarely sees a talent like right-fielder Mookie Betts. Betts has a great eye (he has never had an OBP below .341), elite range (51 outs above average since 2016, according to Statcast), and a mighty swing. Throw out his rookie year, a half-season in ’14, and compare his next five with Years 2–6 of every player in history—only four have outdone his 39.7 WAR: Ted Williams, Mike Trout, Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle. That’s the blend of productivity and promise that the Red Sox sent in February to the Dodgers (who, without Betts, had a 106–56 record in ’19), and that, more crucially, will be available as an unrestricted free agent once the season concludes. While stars have been on the open market in recent memory—Gerrit Cole and Anthony…

2 min.
4 because … the ballpark of the future has landed in arlington

THE AGING CURVE for baseball stadiums has become awfully unforgiving. MLB’s last construction boom, in the 1990s and 2000s, replaced mostly multipurpose ballparks that had been around for three or four decades, with a handful that could have collected Social Security. Now? Baseball’s four newest stadiums have replaced parks that were all younger than 30. The median age of a stadium this year will be just 20. The why isn’t so hard to understand: A new home drives more fans and more revenue, and, as many teams have found, taxpayers can almost always be arm-twisted into footing the bill. (The stadium that opened in 1994 in Arlington, Texas, cost $191 million—$336 million adjusted for inflation—while the new one has a sticker price of $1.2 billion.) But the how is a little…