It’s Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble, all people. It is a little bit of a sportswriting trope, harking all the best way again to the flip of the century (no, not that one, the earlier flip of the century) when newspaper columnists would all sit down and write about what sports activities figures ought to be thankful for that Thanksgiving season. We will not be immune to the charms of the Thanksgiving column trope. There’s rather a lot to be thankful for!
So, as we head into the Thanksgiving vacation, this is one thing for every staff to be thankful for. Whether your staff is a champion or a cellar dweller, there’s one thing to maintain in gratitude.
Blue Jays: Vladdy Jr.
We’ve all been transfixed by Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani the final couple of years, and for good cause, however let’s not overlook that the Blue Jays have a younger famous person who virtually gained his personal MVP in 2021, has a smile that may gentle up the sky, has a swing that may ship fireworks from the heavens and, oh sure, is the son of a Hall of Famer who can also be some of the enjoyable gamers in current baseball classic . Don’t take Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for granted, people.
Orioles: The enjoyable is simply starting.
Look, success will not be a linear idea. You take just a few steps ahead after which one or two again. You break by way of, and then you definitely battle to take the subsequent soar. Your younger gamers do not fairly pan out precisely the best way you needed. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine to any extent further. But one thing is clearly true: Last yr was proof that the worst is behind Orioles fans. This is a aggressive staff with a plethora of younger expertise that is not going anyplace for a very long time. You made it, Orioles. You deserve this.
Rays: The expertise simply at all times retains coming.
Remember when the Rays have been blasted for buying and selling this participant, p that participant? Remember when the Rays have been “too analytical” and “too intelligent for their very own good?” Well, guess what? They made the playoffs once more this yr, for the fourth straight season. They have quite a lot of questions to reply this offseason. Guess what? They’ll most likely reply them. They at all times do.
Red Sox: Fenway is immortal.
You at all times know issues aren’t nice in Boston when the “be thankful” thing finally ends up being “Fenway,” however significantly: There is nothing on the earth like Fenway. You’re going to see footage of snow over Fenway this offseason, and it’ll remind you of what you are lacking… and whereas 2022 was powerful, we have realized that this staff bounces again in a short time.
Yankees: They gained 99 video games final yr and got here one spherical away from their first World Series in 13 years.
Yankees fans have been so pissed off on the finish of the playoffs, and so nervous about Aaron Judge, that you just form of want to say this out loud sometimes to remind them.
Guardians: That constructing can get loud once more.
Those of us who keep in mind how full and wild Cleveland and its stadium have been of their perpetually-sold-out ’90s incarnation took a lot pleasure within the wall of sound that place produced of their ALDS towards the Yankees. Those fans are nonetheless there, and nonetheless nice. Not every franchise can say that.
Royals: A transition that appears to be main in the best course.
The Royals made quite a lot of modifications this offseason, and whereas it is actually up within the air how they are going to end up, it positive appears to be like like they level within the course of a franchise that has taken a great arduous take a look at itself and is prepared to strive one thing new. When issues aren’t working, actually, that is all a fan can ask for.
Tigers: The web page has been turned.
Almost all the things that would probably have gone flawed went flawed for the Tigers final yr. This staff goes to undergo some tough spots at instances in 2023, positive, however there’s cause to imagine issues will be higher. Riley Greene’s emergence within the second half is an efficient place to begin.
Twins: The staff, and the entrance workplace, do not give up.
Quite a lot of groups, significantly ones in a small market like Minnesota, would pack up their luggage and begin over after they misplaced 89 video games, just like the Twins did in 2021. That’s not what the Twins did, even signing possibly the very best free agent available on the market, in Carlos Correa (who opted out and is a free agent once more). It did not get them within the playoffs, and now that participant is gone, but it surely speaks to motivation: This staff won’t sit idle.
White Sox: There’s nonetheless a lot younger expertise right here.
Last season was such a disappointment that you could virtually overlook that the White Sox, as well as to their strong rotation, have so many glorious hitters beneath 30: Tim Anderson (29), Yoán Moncada (27), Luis Robert (25), Eloy Jiménez (26), Andrew Vaughn (24). There is not a staff in baseball that would not need that.
Angels: Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are nonetheless right here.
Look, it received fairly tough for some time final yr. But every fan of every different staff in baseball will get excited after they see the Angels coming to city as a result of it means they get to watch these two play. And Angels fans get to watch them every evening!
Astros: They simply gained the World Series.
No want to complicate this one.
Athletics: There are some items that may be a part of the subsequent good A’s staff.
Yeah, it has been a troublesome couple of years, however: Watching Shea Langeliers progress into a possible All-Star ought to be enjoyable. Cristian Pache might come round. Yankees fans may rue the day they included Ken Waldichuk within the Frankie Montas deal.
Mariners: They made the playoffs!
After a 21-year postseason drought, they did it. They even made it out of a spherical! And the very best half: It’s no fluke. This is only the start.
Rangers: There’s extra great things consistently coming.
One may need argued that signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien was somewhat bold final yr, however there are far worse issues you possibly can say about your staff than “they’re bold.”
Braves: So a lot younger expertise. So a lot!
Remember, you’d have thought-about the Braves to be stacked with younger expertise earlier than that they had the highest two vote-getters within the NL Rookie of the Year voting this yr. How many extra of those guys are there?
Marlins: Your first Cy Young winner!
Sandy Alcantara is now the primary Marlins pitcher with a Cy Young trophy on his shelf. And it positive would not shock anybody if the 27-year-old added one other sooner or later.
Mets: The vibes are again.
The Mets did not fairly finish their season the best way they hoped, and the best way many (together with me) thought they’d. But the LOLMets days are lengthy behind them. This staff is sensible, stacked with sources and really dedicated to successful. They had the very best report in New York City final yr. It might keep that method for some time.
Nationals: The Padres commerce bundle was tremendous good.
Yes, it is unhappy to see Juan Soto gone. But CJ Abrams and Robert Hassell III are going to be important items of this staff for a few years to come.
Phillies: They went to the World Series!
What an unbelievable run that was. You did not think about it. It actually occurred.
Brewers: There are so many pitchers right here.
You’ve heard the identical Corbin Burnes rumors the remainder of us have. If he does not get traded, this employees is stacked. But if he does… this employees remains to be stacked! Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta are rotation mainstays, and Devin Williams anchors a bullpen that, in the end, was fairly strong post-Josh Hader commerce. Thanks to their pitching, the Brewers are going nowhere.
Cardinals: After one of many nice goodbyes in current baseball reminiscence, the Cardinals get to do it once more.
Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina went out in superb vogue. Now Adam Wainwright will get to do the identical. Hopefully in a later playoff spherical this time.
Cubs: They stopped permitting runs.
Maybe the Cubs will be energetic within the free-agent market, however even when they don’t seem to be, there are causes for pleasure. Thanks to the likes of Marcus Stroman and Adrian Sampson, that they had a 3.30 staff ERA after the All-Star break, which ranked fifth within the Majors. Additionally, there is a group of prospects (led by outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong) who’re going to be arriving very quickly. With that expertise and an opportunity to add by way of free company, this dip should not final ceaselessly. It should not even final lengthy.
Reds: Joey Votto is a treasure.
You do not want social media to understand how great Votto is. But, you recognize, it does not harm.
D-backs: Corbin Carroll is your signature star.
They have not actually had one since buying and selling away Paul Goldschmidt, and Carroll appears to be like to be one.
Dodgers: They’re the Dodgers!
The postseason was a bummer…once more. But every staff in baseball would swap locations with the Dodgers in a second.
Giants: A wise entrance workplace is about to make some noise.
You understand how good they have been two years in the past after they discovered expertise in essentially the most unlikely locations? Now they really feel like they’ve one thing to show.
Padres: They beat the Dodgers!
Sure, there are three MVP candidates on this staff subsequent yr. But it is OK to enjoy that Dodgers NLDS win, you all earned it.
Rockies: Coors goes to be an attractive place to watch Kris Bryant hit 40 homers.
Incredibly, Bryant didn’t hit a single homer at Coors Field throughout his injury-shortened 2022 marketing campaign. But they are going to come. In bunches. Soon.