Happy Opening Day!

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Baseball is back!

At last! We haven’t had a regulation game to watch since October 30th, 2013 when the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. But, today marks the first full day of the Major League Baseball season. Another year of 162 games to keep fans entertained through the spring, summer and fall. Regardless of what team you root for, here’s a list of some of the hottest players to keep your eyes on all season long. I think we’ll all be fans of these guys!

Rookies – newcomers to the league who you definitely don’t want to miss

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Mike Olt
Team: Chicago Cubs
Position: 3rd Base
After an impressive spring training, the Cubs announced last week that Mike will be starting for them at 3rd base.

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George Springer
Team: Houston Astros
Position: Outfielder
As the Astros’ top hitting prospect this season, George is expected to make his debut this season in center or right field.

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Xander Bogaerts
Team: Boston Red Sox
Position: Shortstop
While we did get a glimpse into what Xander is capable of at the end of last season. This is his rookie season, and everyone is abuzz about what he will bring to the Sox.

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Alexander Guerrera
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Position: Shortstop
Expected to make his major league debut this season, Guerrera is making the switch from 2nd base to shortstop to play for the Dodgers.

And – we can’t forget a select few of our returning favorites

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Joe Mauer
Team: Minnesota Twins
Position: 1st Base
Joe was the catcher for the Twins, before making the switch to 1st base during last season. It’ll be interesting to see what this year brings for Joe and the Twins.

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Daniel Nava
Team: Boston Red Sox
Position: Left fielder
Coming off of a world series championship, Daniel Nava has some big shoes to fill as he steps up to the plate as the Red Sox lead off hitter this season.

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Derek Jeter
Team: Yankees
Position: Shortstop
And, of course, we can’t forget the Yankees captain as he starts his final season!

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Matt Kemp
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Position: Center fielder
After a couple of off-season surgeries, Matt Kemp should be back in action any minute. Fun fact – the center fielder used to date Rihanna.
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