Year In Review: Baseball

By Jupiter Polevoi

Coming back from the unexpected 2020 seasons, sports have finally come to stay in 2021, with seasons finally looking normal again. Safe to say, crazy things have come along with these 2021 seasons. Grab your favorite baseball jersey and gametime snacks as I recap the year and predict the 2022 World Series winner. 

After historic seasons from Ohtani, Tatis Jr, and the underdog Braves winning it all, baseball really hit it out of the park this year. After being signed to the Los Angeles Angels from Japan, Shohei Ohtani made history by being the first pitcher since Babe Ruth to hit the most home runs. With an ERA of 3.54, he’s the leading home run hitter in the entire MLB. Speaking of the west, while everyone thought that the Padres and the Dodgers would be battling it out in the division, the Giants came out on top with a historic 107 win season. After making big moves the season before, in acquiring Manny Machado, Blake Snell, and the young franchise cornerstone Fernando Tatis Jr, the Padres were a very large letdown. With having the worst record coming into the playoffs, many speculated that the Atlanta Braves would be out in no time. However, that was not the case. Led by veteran Freddie Freeman as well as a clutch home run by Jorge Soler, the Braves were able to beat the controversial Astros. As the broadcaster said, “he hit it out of the ‘Soler’ system.” 

As baseball season starts in the early 2022 spring, there are many strong contenders for a possible World Series title. A friend of mine, who also happens to be a huge baseball babe speculates that the Tampa Bay Rays or the Chicago White Sox will win it all in the 2022 season.