The 2023 Major League Baseball season begins on March 30th. This article will discuss the 23 most interesting baseball people to watch for the 2023 season. This list will be in alphabetical order.
NUMBER 1: ANGELOS FAMILY
The Baltimore Orioles find themselves in an interesting situation, as the Angelos family is entertaining selling the team. With the potential sale of the Orioles, everything surrounding the Angelos family makes them an interesting party to pay attention to in 2023.
NUMBER 2: TREVOR BAUER
For all the wrong reasons, Trevor Bauer is a baseball person to watch in 2023. The Los Angeles Dodgers have released him from his contract so as not to be a distraction. And Bauer will likely not find another team to play for in Major League Baseball. However, that probably won’t keep Bauer from being in the baseball spotlight, at least at some point in 2023.
NUMBER 3: CHAIM BLOOM
In what hasn’t been the best tenure in sports, Chaim Bloom has had a rough go of it in Boston. Through the first few seasons in Beantown, Bloom has allowed three fan favorites to depart and arguably overpaid for the fourth to stay. Plus, the player brought in as a safety net now needs Tommy John surgery and will miss time for a previously known issue. Chaim Bloom needs a good 2023 because things haven’t looked good for him thus far.
NUMBER 4: BRUCE BOCHY
Bruce Bochy is coming out of retirement to manage the Texas Rangers. Texas has done a lot this offseason to change their team around. However, as we witnessed last season with Tony La Russa, bringing in a “legendary” (aka old) manager doesn’t always work out the way it’s intended. Bochy will be a fascinating addition to the case study of what age is too old to be a Major League manager.
NUMBER 5: AARON BOONE
Speaking of managers, Aaron Boone will be another interesting candidate to watch. Yankee fans have criticized Boone since he was appointed manager back in 2018. Under his tenure, the Yankees have been successful during the regular season but have yet to win the substantial games of the postseason. And now, again, 2023 is a prove-it year for Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees.
NUMBER 6: BRIAN CASHMAN
Like Aaron Boone before, many Yankee fans question the Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, and his thought process. Cashman has been the GM in the Bronx for over twenty years. And while many moves he’s made can be questionable. Some moves have worked out tremendously for the Yankees. The 2023 season will be a big proving point for Cashman, as the Yankees’ owner came on record saying they will spend money and have this offseason. So the management of those resources will be scrutinized, thus making Cashman someone to watch.
NUMBER 7: STEVE COHEN
The New York Mets have spent a ton of money this offseason to go after a World Series. Steve Cohen has been the most aggressive owner since George Steinbrenner. We’ve already pleaded our case for Cohen being great for baseball. So here we’ll add that he’s a person of interest for the 2023 season to see how much more he’ll spend to get the Mets over the hump and into the World Series.
NUMBER 8: CARLOS CORREA
The biggest of storylines this offseason has been the Carlos Correa Saga. Something we covered in length throughout its many iterations. But as the 2023 season rolls around, watching what Correa does to prove himself will be interesting. This is a player that loves the spotlight and the big moments. And 2023 will be the moment of truth for Carlos. Correa will try to prove his health and durability, all while saying the Giants and Mets made a mistake in overlooking him.
NUMBER 9: JACOB DEGROM
Arguably the best pitcher in the game when healthy. Now that last part is the caveat with Jacob deGrom, when healthy. Jacob hasn’t been healthy for the past few seasons, and that lack of workload has led to questions about his ability and future. The Texas Rangers went above and beyond this offseason with their 5-year, $185 million contract. An offer no one expected Jacob to receive after his lack of pitching. Thus deGrom and his Texas Rangers will be an entity to watch very closely in 2023.
NUMBER 10: JOSH DONALDSON
Josh Donaldson is one of the most hated men in baseball. For all of his talent, Josh can’t seem to get out of his way of making problems for himself. Donaldson has been on five teams in the last five seasons. And his offensive output has diminished in each of those seasons from the lofty height of this MVP season. The 2023 season with be interesting to see whether or not Donaldson can regain some offensive prowess to help offset some of the “other dynamics” (baggage) he brings with him.
NUMBER 11: BILLY EPPLER
The New York Mets have been quite aggressive this offseason. And part of that can be attributed to their GM, Billy Eppler. Eppler has wielded Steve Cohen’s money in every way possible to try and make the Mets a World Series winner. Having that financial liquidity may seem easy, but it comes with pressure and responsibility. The Mets are in a primed position to try and bully the National League. However, failure to win the World Series could make Billy Eppler’s 2023 all the more fascinating.
NUMBER 12: ANDREW FRIEDMAN
The regular season darlings of the baseball world are the Los Angeles Dodgers. LA has been highly successful in winning games throughout the 162-game season. However, they haven’t faired as well in the postseason. Andrew Friedman is the architect behind the Dodgers and their successes and, ultimately, their failures. Yes, the Dodgers walked away as the final game-winner in the shortened 2020 season. However, many baseball fans feel as if that season doesn’t count. Many Dodgers fans are irate that this regime is still in place. So 2023 will be interesting to watch precisely how things break down for Friedman and the Dodgers.
NUMBER 13: JON HEYMAN
Speaking of architects, Jon Heyman was the architect behind the now infamous “Arson Judge to the Giants” tweet that set the baseball world ablaze. However, this isn’t, hasn’t, and won’t be Jon Heyman’s last blunder this season. Like all beat reporters, Heyman wants to jump out first with breaking news. But all Heyman has done is force his credibility to be questioned and force fans to wait for other reports to corroborate his claims.
NUMBER 14: AARON JUDGE
NUMBER 15: SARAH LANGS
Sarah Langs is among the best baseball fans in the world, not to mention how talented she is as a researcher. Langs recently announced her battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). And the baseball world has responded beautifully. 2023 will be an important season for one of the most beloved baseball fans around the globe. And we here at the Baseball Banter Broadcast wish her all our best wishes and healing prayers.
NUMBER 16: ROB MANFRED
To say that baseball fans dislike Rob Manfred would be an epic understatement. Manfred has said many idiotic things about our great sport. That said, for all his annoying traits and tendencies, Manfred is trying to better the overall game of baseball. And for that, we must keep an eye on Rob Manfred in 2023.
NUMBER 17: ARTE MORENO
The Los Angeles Angels are no longer actively looking for a buyer. This means that Arte Moteno’s time financing the lackluster organization is continuing. The Angels need to be all-in for 2023, as it’s the final contracted season with Shohei Ohtani. However, how much will Arte Moreno spend on the Angels with the team in flux?
NUMBER 18: SHOHEI OHTANI
As previously mentioned, Shohei Ohtani is in the final year of his contractual obligations to the LA Angels. And with his upcoming free agency, we have to imagine a big season from the two-way superstar. We also believe that the bidding war that will take place over him following the season’s conclusion will be blockbuster movie worthy. How will Ohtani handle the pressure? We’ll have to watch him closely in 2023 to find out.
NUMBER 19: DAVE ROBERTS
When the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Dave Roberts would return as manager, Dodgers fans let out a collective groan. Many Dodgers fans online don’t believe in Roberts as a manager and have expressed their dismay. The Dodgers have expressed their faith in Roberts and his abilities. The Dodgers have been highly successful during the regular season. But their postseason has been filled with more woes than triumphs. With that being the backdrop, Dave Roberts will be a baseball person of interest this season.
NUMBER 20: HAL STEINBRENNER
The New York Yankees managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, stepped up in a big way with the Aaron Judge negotiations. And thus finally earned himself a bit of goodwill with Yankee fans. However, goodwill in the Bronx lasts for about as long as a New York minute. Steinbrenner has announced his commitment to spending what is necessary to bring a championship back to the Yankees. We will have to wait and see whether that is a true statement.
NUMBER 21: FERNANDO TATIS JR
Before the lockout at the start of the 2022 season, Fernando Tatis Jr was viewed as one of the five best players in baseball. However, after unreported injuries stemming from multiple motorcycle accidents and then a failed PED test, Tatis is viewed differently. Fernando will miss the season’s first month, finishing off his suspension. But we’ll have to wait and see who the real Fernando Tatis Jr is upon his return.
NUMBER 22: MIKE TROUT
At one point, Mike Trout was viewed as potentially the most outstanding player to have ever played baseball. However, recent injuries have set Trout backward. 2023 will be a big season for Trout to prove he’s healthy and capable of being the number one player in the game.
NUMBER 23: BASEBALL BANTER BROADCAST
We save ourselves for last; the Baseball Banter Broadcast will be a baseball personality to watch in 2023. This year will be a big year as we grow our brand and cement ourselves in the baseball community.