World Series showcases next generation of MLB talent
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[November 02, 2017]
By Rory Carroll
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Major League
Baseball will be the winner regardless of who triumphs in the World
Series on Wednesday, as the wild series has given the league the
chance to show off its young core of stars to the next generation of
The riveting, back-and-forth series between the Los Angeles Dodgers
and the Houston Astros has been dominated by fresh faces, including
Dodgers first baseman 22-year-old Cody Bellinger and Astros third
baseman 23-year-old Alex Bregman.
"The level of really good young players is as high as I can
remember," long-time baseball scribe Peter Gammons told Reuters
while the Dodgers took batting practice on Wednesday.
"You look at these two teams and they've got six, seven potential
superstars under 26 years old. I think that's really changed
The excitement has captured the imagination of 10-year-old Dodgers
fan Brandan O'Malley, who said he expects Joc Pederson and Justin
Turner to come through for the home team in Game Seven.
"I like when they hit home runs," he said of a World Series that has
seen more long balls hit than in any other.
The new faces of the field are delighting long-time fans like
83-year-old television host Larry King, who has been taking in the
action at Dodger Stadium from his plumb seat behind home plate.
"It's amazing," King told Reuters while walking in the hallway of
the stadium prior to the first pitch.
"I've never seen anything like it," he said, comparing the 2017
series to the 1947 and 1955 classics between the then Brooklyn
Dodgers and New York Yankees.
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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) reacts after scoring a run
against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning in game seven of
the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne
Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
"Both teams are terrific and play with such energy," he said.
"And there's nothing like the seventh game."
Baseball is also benefiting from a slew of problems plaguing the
National Football League including concussions, injuries to star
players and controversy around national anthem protests, he said.
"Football is in decline," he said. "Baseball has always been
Los Angeles Mayor and life-long Dodgers fan Eric Garcetti said he
could not believe the drama of the series, which has featured two
epic extra-inning contests.
"This has been the most incredible World Series," Garcetti said.
"It has been up and down. It's like two heavyweight sluggers but I
believe in my Dodgers.
"It's been 29 years and I feel like I'm 17 years old again."
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Andrew Both)
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