Make the summer of 2019 memorable with an awesome road trip to see baseball’s top 10 players over an eight-day period. It requires going to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago and then New York.
MLB.Com recently rated the top 100 players in the game today. The Sports Salsa team decided to see if it would be possible to see baseball’s top 10 players on the list, excluding pitchers. (Since it would be impossible to know the starting rotations.)
We came up with a road trip where you can see the 10 players in a five game series in late July and early August. The featured players on the list are:
- Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (Jersey)
- Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (Jersey)
- Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (Jersey)
- Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians (Jersey)
- José Altuve, Houston Astros (Jersey)
- Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (Jersey)
- Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers (Jersey)
- Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (Jersey)
- J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox (Jersey)
- Aaron Judge, New York Yankees (Jersey)
With the Astros, Red Sox and Indians earning two names on the list, that reduces the number of teams to see. However, the geography of having teams on both coasts and middle America complicated our findings.
We discovered a schedule that involves airplanes and a bit of time in Ohio. You’ll be rewarded with seeing these top 10 players, and we’ll even throw in an extra game for your enjoyment. Here’s how we see the trip playing out.
Great American Ballpark
Colorado Rockies @ Cincinnati Reds
See the third best ballplayer in the country, according to MLB.com, in Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado. Other players you may see in the top 100 list include the Rockies’ Trevor Story (#30) and Charlie Blackmon (#38), and the Reds’ Eugenio Suárez (#50), Scooter Gennett (#70) and Yasiel Puig (#90).
BONUS GAME: July 29
Great American Ballpark
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Cincinnati Reds
No top 10 players here but, hey, you’re in town and you can see the Dodgers. They bring the following top 100 players: Justin Turner (#22), Cody Bellinger (#44), Corey Seager (#48), and Max Muncy (#63). You can stay in town and watch the two teams match up the following day, and maybe you’ll see Clayton Kershaw (#25). Or you can go up to Cleveland and catch an extra game with the Astros and Indians.
If you’re driving between Cincinnati and Cleveland, stop in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Listen to our podcast)
Houston Astros @ Cleveland Indians
See four of the top 10 players go at it in this excellent matchup. José Altuve and Alex Bregman go for the ‘Stros and Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez lead the Indians lineup. (They also play the night before if you want to see them twice!)
Other top 100 players include Carlos Correa (#31), George Springer (#37), and Michael Brantley (#75). And there’s a great chance you’ll see some excellent starting pitching with the Astros putting Justin Verlander (#20), and Gerrit Cole (#42) on the list. And the Indians have Corey Kluber (#23), Trevor Bauer (#41), Carlos Carrasco (#66), and Mike Clevinger (#82).
Los Angeles Angels @ Cleveland Indians
You get to see the number one player in baseball, Mike Trout. That alone should be worth the price of admission. The Angels also bring Justin Upton (#67) and two-way player Shohei Ohtani (#81). You’ll have to catch an early flight to Chicago the next morning.
Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs
Christian Yelich is the top 10 draw to this game. You also get to sit in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Other top 100 players you’ll possibly see are: Lorenzo Cain (#28), Javier Baez (#28), Kris Bryant (#32), Anthony Rizzo (#34), Jesus Aguila (#62) and Travis Shaw (#94).
Bronx, New York
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
You have an off day on Saturday to spend in either Chicago or New York before attending the Sunday night game that features three players on the top 10 list: Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Aaron Judge.
Going to four ballparks and seeing baseball’s top 10 offensive players is a great idea for a vacation. If you take this trip, let us know. We’d love to post blog entries from you on your experience.
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