We Are All Witnesses to the Beginning of Super-Powered Baseball Teams
Christmas came early for Yankees fans as they added Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins to their already super-powered offense. After hearing the news, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was the beginning of the age of the super team in the MLB.
You might be thinking that there is no way this trend makes its way to baseball but, this talk of super-teams in the MLB isn’t new as back in December of 2016, Brian Cashman, compared Boston to the Warriors after they acquired Chris Sale, “Boston’s like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball. They got their Durant and their Green and Thompson and Curry.”
It appeared that Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski never forgot Cashman’s words, because he called the Yankees the Warriors three times when talking to reporters in July of 2017:
“You mean the Golden State Warriors, you’re talking about? Yeah. Yeah, I think the Golden State Warriors have significantly made some moves. I expected it. I would have been surprised if they didn’t. But I think Brian [Cashman] probably has made them the Golden State Warriors and we’re the significant underdogs, when I’m listening to the MLB Network. So it kind of switched. I would anticipate, like he said earlier in the year that he didn’t know the Red Sox would lose a game, I think it’ll be the same. I don’t know how they’ll lose a game right now. They made some good moves. They made their club significantly better. It didn’t surprise me at all. It was out there for an extended period that they were looking to do those things.”
This talk of super-teams in the MLB started all the way back in the beginning of the year so fans can only imagine how Dave Dombrowski feels about the Yankees newest addition of Stanton that occurred on December 9th.
Will other teams follow the lead of the Yankees and start building super-teams? Will the Yankees acquire even more firepower such as Machado or Harper in the years to come? Will this trend spread to other leagues such as the NFL? I guess we’ll just have to sit back and see how it plays out but I, for one, am all in on the Warrior-ification of the MLB.