Spring training is finally here. The words baseball fans waited to hear for months during the offseason. Now the moment arrives with players reporting to begin their preparation for the 2020 MLB season.
The 2020 offseason played a significant role in how the upcoming season will be remembered. From the Los Angeles Dodgers landing Mookie Betts to the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal, drama defined everything that got us here. While Opening Day is more than a month away, many of the headlines that dominated the offseason will carryover into spring training.
Spring training is about more than just the marquee names. It’s an opportunity for young players to leave a lasting impression on their peers and coaches, potentially setting the scene for a breakout season. This time of year also provides a chance for new managers, which there are a lot of coming into the season, to make their early mark in the new gig.
Most importantly, this time of year signals that we are closing in on baseball’s return. Now, here are the top storylines as players report for spring training and the MLB season draws closer.