The last out of the last inning of the last game of the World Series can be a bittersweet moment for baseball fans.
On the one hand, it means that you have just witnessed the pinnacle of a great sport, the moment when a champion is crowned and an entire year’s worth of hard work pays off for one select group.
On the other hand, it means that baseball is leaving us. It means that summer has officially given way to the cold of winter, and that the months of having daily baseball to look forward to have disappeared with the warmth of the sun.
But fear not. There’s always winter league ball. That’s right, winter ball. The barely covered, basically unwatched, under-the-radar version of America’s pastime that is played around the world—except of course in America.
Winter ball may not get the hype of the MLB season, but it still presents a high level of baseball to the viewing public who choose to follow it. The big names are there. The talent is there. The competitiveness is there. Occasionally, the cameras are even there.
So in order to help you transition away from the MLB season, in order to get you through the winter and into spring training as quickly as possible, here is a list of some of the talent who use winter ball leagues to keep their games sharp and their bodies (mostly) in shape.
Think of it as a list of the next best things.