Some people, particularly young people, may think baseball can be boring.
Well, MLB is certainly taking steps to remedy the situation.
They are making game flow faster with the pitch clock, and they are promoting baserunning plays with the bigger bases.
They are also welcoming more base hits with the elimination of the shift.
Players, on the other hand, can also contribute to the cause with home run celebrations, cool handshakes and signs, and trends like the one Francisco Lindor is leading, or will be, during the World Baseball Classic.
The New York Mets star is going blonde, and the rest of Team Puerto Rico will be doing the same during the tournament.
It doesn’t hurt to have a little fun and try a new look!
Team Puerto Rico is going blonde for the WBC 👀
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) February 28, 2023
Let’s see how many players on the Puerto Rican team go through with Lindor’s plan.
At the very least, it could be sort of an amulet for the squad.
These things obviously don’t directly affect on-field performance, but they can help team chemistry and that is important.
Puerto Rico, led by Lindor, will try to make a deep run in the WBC like it happened in 2013.
That year, they lost the final game to the Dominican Republic and finished second.
The lineup has defensive specialists like Martin Maldonado, Javier Baez, Lindor himself, Kiké Hernandez, and others.
There is some offensive star power, too, with Lindor, Baez’s power-speed combo, Jose Miranda, and Eddie Rosario.
Jose Berrios and 2017 WBC MVP Marcus Stroman will lead a good pitching staff that will also have Lindor’s teammate on the Mets in Edwin Diaz.
His brother, Alexis Diaz, and Jorge Lopez are also top-tier bullpen arms that will help Puerto Rico.
It’s not the best roster PR has fielded in the history of the Classic, but it certainly is competitive.NEXT: Cardinals Manager Comments On New MLB Rules