Major League Baseball fans are lucky to have so many players bringing a special spark to the stadium each and every day of the season.
Teams aim to draft and develop, sign and trade for these players, because they put people in the seats and money into the pockets of ownership—not to mention these are usually top-tier players who lead teams into and through the postseason with the hopes of winning a World Series.
Through research and some help from followers on Twitter, I narrowed the large number of players in today’s game to 25 that best exemplify what it means to be exciting.
So, what does it mean to be exciting? Well, in my opinion, it means that a player is a difference-maker on the mound or at the plate and plays the game the right way. He has the potential to smack a much-needed home run, steal a base late in the game, drive in the game-winning run or strike out the batter who has the potential to tie or win the game.
So, who made the cut? Let’s take a look.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. The table on each slide represents the player’s statistics through Monday, May 6 games. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.