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It’s Thanksgiving Week! Happy Thanksgiving! Although Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, it’s a bit less popular because it doesn’t feature any baseball. The best thing about Thanksgiving is that it’s a day set aside to reflect on the things that matter most in our lives, and what we are grateful for. It’s very nice. It should be more like this every day.
Today at The Thirty it’s the old Thanksgiving chestnut: Let’s take a look at what each 30 MLB team has to be grateful for. It could be a player, a concept, a mood, or just a feeling. They have plenty to be thankful for. They can be thankful.
Blue Jays: They can spend all of 2022 at their home
It has been since 2019 — which is a long time ago! The young and exciting Blue Jays were able to play all 81 home games in Toronto. This is the city that they are supposed to play. ’22, will be their home again.
Orioles, Adley Rutschman almost here
The anticipation for their phenom catcher has been a bit longer than Orioles fans would like, but 2022. is sure to arrive. He’s well worth the wait, according to all accounts.
Rays: For the first time ever in Rays’ history, they won 100 matches
Despite all the Rays talk, this fact was kind of forgotten: Tampa Bay just had its best regular season in history. This is a great place to begin, yes?
Red Sox: Chris Sale will be back at full strength next season
We glimpsed the old Sale at points 2021,, but he will be as rested next year as a pitcher can.
Yankees: They’re still very good and are poised for improvement
The Yankees have not reached the World Series in 2009, since then. There are obvious holes in the team and some stars. The free agency program is an excellent way to improve your chances of success. The Yanks are experts at making that formula work.
Guardians: We have a new name!
A new era has dawned and brings excitement and the possibility for real renewal.
Royals: Salvy is still available
Salvador Perez seems to be improving as a hitter and has earned his place as an all-time Royals Legend…and one of the most respected players in the game.
The wait is over for Tigers
No one knows what moves the Tigers will make in this offseason. However, they are clearly making moves (they signed Eduardo Rodriguez), continuing a 2021 year that finally showed signs of a breakthrough.
Twins: 2021 is finished
This might seem like something to be grateful for. Then you realize what 2021 was like for the Twins.
White Sox: Finally, the winning culture has been installed
The White Sox were too young and didn’t know how to win. They’re now in the postseason. It’s time for the next stage: postseason success. This has been a natural progression.
Angels: Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani are the members of this team
The Angels need a lot more pitching. But, hey, if you don’t feel grateful for these guys, what are you supposed to be grateful for?
Astros have further evidence of dominance
They won’t silence the haters but with their 2021 World Series appearance the Astros moved another year away form the sign-stealing scandal… and looked as always like one of the most talented teams in baseball.
A’s: The rebuilding phase will be short
The A’s seem to be preparing for a retooling period. Most teams rebuild after a half-decade. Oakland doesn’t take that long.
Mariners: This streak is coming to an end
Maybe it is in 2022. It could be a year later. The Mariners are working on something and it’s almost here. Seattle fans have waited since in anticipation of a return to the playoffs. Now, their patience is paying off.
Rangers: There are new faces coming
The Rangers need to excite their fans and there are rumors that they will spend a lot of money this year. There are many options for them to choose from.
Braves won the World Series!
Did this go by? I don’t think so. It was thrilling. The Braves won this World Series!
Marlins: So much young pitching
The Marlins have the best rotation in NL East and go six to seven deep with young pitchers. This is a great place for starters, although the offense still needs some work.
Mets: They now have a leader
Although it took longer than everyone would have liked, the Mets now have a new general manger in Billy Eppler. They also have clear direction. Although it may not seem like much, they are better than before.
Juan Soto Nationals
The Nats have many other things to do, but Juan Soto is the most important at-bat.
Phillies: Bryce Harper
The Phillies have many other things to do, but Bryce Harper is the most important player in their lineup.
Brewers: This is one of the most sustained franchise eras in franchise history
We’ll wait to see if they win the elusive World Series title. But it’s not that long ago that the Brewers went multiple decades without making it to the postseason. We all hope to see them there every season.
Cardinals defend that defense
Defense doesn’t slump (so they claim), and when you have five Gold Glovers, it’s a great thing to build a team around.
Cubs: Wrigley’s eternal
The team is currently retooling but this is still one of the best places in the world to see a baseball match… or to just walk outside on a cold Chicago night.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, a pirate, is healthy
A wrist injury prevented him from playing in the full season. But he proved that he is capable of being the cornerstone for Pittsburgh’s franchise.
Reds: Joey Votto
The Reds are currently in transition. But Joey Votto, the eternal delight, is still here. And what a gift it is for all of us.
D-backs: It will get better
Sometimes it is difficult to find the right year. Arizona was in the same boat with its 2021 season (110 defeats. This team is known for defying preseason expectations and has shown that they are capable of going higher.
Dodgers: You can win 106 and still feel disappointed
That’s an excellent place to be as a franchise: to put together an historically great season while still educating your fans.
Giants: The glory of the 2021 Season
The NL Division Series defeat to the Dodgers was a sour note. Its ending was especially disappointing. Seasons in which you win 107 matches when even the most optimistic of prognosticators thought you would lose 20 are truly special. This team has won the trust of its fans.
Stars are still everywhere for Padres
Although the Padres were a disappointment in 2021,, they are still full of talent. They started with Fernando Tatis Jr. who is still a transcendent star. They will be fine.
Rockies have a huge fan base
The Rockies ended up as a top-10 attendance team in 2021, despite a sub-. 500 record. This team will win someday and Rox fans will be proud to have been there.
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