The 2018 Major League Baseball regular season will begin on March 29 — the earliest Opening Day in league history.
In addition to the early start, all 30 MLB teams will be in action on Opening Day this year. The full slate of games begins on ESPN at 12:30 p.m., when the Miami Marlins host the Chicago Cubs.
This was easy. Realmuto is either the first- or second-best position player on this team, and there’s a reason for that (besides that the team lacks a true hitting star). He hits extremely well for a catcher, and Baseball Prospectus’ catching metrics rate him as a positive defender across the board, including his framing. He’s one of the best backstops in the game, and the Marlins are going to get an impressive haul for him when the inevitable trade finally happens. Fortunately for the Marays, Realmuto is here to stay.
Lincecum did not play in 2017 and only made nine appearances with the Angels in 2016. That wasn’t enough to keep the Rangers from going out and getting him though. Neither was the fact he made just eight appearances out of the bullpen in his first 10 MLB seasons.
What is really good news for Texas is the 33-year-old can’t wait to get back into the game, saying he felt weird not being out on the diamond when spring training started last year.
“It’s one of those things that’s an itch in you and it’s kind of one of those things when you see everybody going out spring training, we gotta migrate, I gotta head down,” he said. “I don’t feel right if I’m not doing the same thing.”
The 5-11 pitcher won two Cy Young awards with the Giants in 2008 and 2009 and threw more than 200 innings four times.