Every team has that one player that without them, they would absolutely fall apart. In MLB, injuries are going to happen each year.
We have seen it time and time again, (insert name) goes down and along with them so do the chances of a post season. The health of a player is a key concern, every year, for every team. As fans, we need to understand that a players health should always be held in a higher regard than the game itself. At the end of the day, these athletes are fathers and brothers, individuals that are far more important than us watching a game for pure entertainment.
Now that we have finished with the disclaimer, we can dive into the meat of the content. Each team has that one player that they need for success. Whether it be a leader on the field, in the clubhouse, or in the stats column. Without that player, they may not have the opportunity of making the post season. If you’re the Padres, where post season isn’t a likelihood, then it may be the difference of finishing 4th or 5th in your division.
It happens every season, whether it be in regular season or spring training. This year we have seen additional injuries occur because of the WBC and many critics of the tournament have cited this as a reason why Major League Baseball players should not be allowed to participate. We will take a look at all 30 teams and identify those players that need to stay healthy for the 2017 season.