Yes, the MLB World Series just ended: we know.
We saw the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games during the Fall Classic.
But we can’t help ourselves, and we are already excited about the 2023 season.
We aren’t alone, it seems.
— MLB (@MLB) November 10, 2022
The official MLB Twitter account posted a picture with some of the league’s brightest stars and the message “140 days”.
That’s the official countdown to Opening Day 2023.
A total of 140 days separate us from watching live, meaningful baseball again.
Fortunately, we will have other events before those 140 days, such as spring training and, most notably, the World Baseball Classic.
Baseball Fans Want A Normal Offseason
In recent years, fans have had to deal with a pandemic, a delayed start of the season, a lockout, games being played in the offices and not on the field, and other roadblocks.
They are eager to watch a normal baseball season.
In between, they will enjoy (at long last!) a regular offseason, with no deadlines to complete trades and free agent transactions.
Ratings are slowly creeping back up after the rough 2020 and 2021 campaigns, and the game of baseball is starting to get healthy again.
The WBC will be a nice test to its global reach and popularity: the tournament hasn’t been played since 2017, and the conditions are finally there to enjoy the event.
Shortly after the WBC, the 2023 regular season will start with the Astros trying to defend their title.
Will they be successful?
Or will another team take the throne?