Another edition of Cheap Seats Chatter is now live on Spotify featuring writers Alex Clark, David Gillespie, and Ryan “Splash” Potts as they talk about the top stories in baseball.
With the All-Star Game less than a week away, the crew from Cheap Seats Chatter comes together to talk about the roster, the phenomenon Shohei Ohtani, and two players with expiring contracts with their teams facing decisions on whether to sign them long-term or trade them away.
Cheap Seats Chatter: All-Star Game Reserves
After the ballot results were announced, fans eagerly awaited to see which players would make the roster as reserves. While some noticeable players did not make the squad initially, the list seemed strong.
One rule for making the All-Star teams is that each team must have at least one representative. However, does this stipulation also mean that some players that may deserve the honor, will not make it to the game? How important is it for the overall best players to make it to another all-star game when a younger athlete is having a stellar season but may not get recognized?
Cheap Seats Chatter: Shohei Ohtani
The two-way superstar has been carving his own path through the 2021 season and has been living up to all the hype that was placed on him since he came to Major League Baseball. His stellar season has earned him the incredible honor of being the first player in history to be selected for the all-star game as both a pitcher and a hitter.
With the pace that Ohtani has set, does this path nearly guarantee him an MVP award? Now that it has been shown that the concept of the “two-way” player is possible, will players try to emulate that pattern to make it to the majors?
Cheap Seats Chatter: Sign or Trade
One of the biggest surprises this year has been the first place San Francisco Giants. Their success is in large part due to the blossoming of Kevin Gausman. His sub-1.80 ERA has earned him not only an all-star game selection but is putting him in the Cy Young Award conversation alongside Jacob DeGrom. With his contract set to expire soon, the Giants need to decide to sign him to a longer deal or trade him while his price is high.
Seattle has been another surprise this season with a winning record in a developmental year. One of their feel-good stories is that of outfielder Mitch Haniger, who leads the team in homers and is a leader on a young squad. Seattle has a dilemma of what to do with Haniger since their fam system is packed with talented outfielders. Seattle needs to make a decision on whether to sign him long-term and maybe move him to the designated hitter role, or trade him while the value is there.
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