Among other things, 2020 has been the year of the MLB player legacy. Some of the game’s biggest young stars have last names that longtime fans will undoubtedly recognize.
Those young players have not only found their way into starting lineups across the league, they are becoming some of the biggest stars in baseball. This week, fans were asked which of these players is currently the best in baseball. According to the SB Nation Reacts results, San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. has claimed the title.
Both Tatís Jr.’s and Bellinger’s fathers played in the big leagues, while Yastrzemski’s grandfather is Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski.
One of the things that has propelled Tatís Jr. to the top of this list is his power surge this season. The infielder leads the league in home runs and total bases and for a stretch early in the year had a slugging percentage more than .800.
However, he wasn’t alone in crazy early-season stat lines. When asked about the most outrageous stat is so far this season, fans jumped to Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who was hitting better than .450 and improving.
Part of what has skewed so many early-season stats is the variance in games played between teams, due to COVID-19 quarantines. Double-digit teams have already missed at least a series of action because of quarantines, all of which will be attempted to be made up.
Fans believe the league will be able to make these games up and 90% think fewer than half the league will miss a series or more of games.
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