After just a single month of play in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we already begin to see familiar faces across leaderboards as numbers begin to stabilize. Of course, Ryan Zimmerman, Eric Thames and Mitch Haniger are all still in the Top-10 in the fWAR department, but there are many names that are already in their expected places.
You don’t even have to go very far to see it, either. In fact, baseball’s two wunderkinds— Bryce Harper and Mike Trout — are No. 1 and No. 2 in 2017 position player fWAR to date. To me, this is funny to see. The fact that the two best baseball players on the planet (let me hyperbolize for a second because many, many others have a good case) are already playing like the two best players on the planet after just a combined 229 plate appearances which tells you something about their abilities.
Seeing Harper and Trout sit calmly at the top of this list makes me happy. It makes me feel like we are finally entering an era where the two players who were expected to create dinner table arguments will finally do so. It reminds me of this Sports Illustrated Kids cover (yes, I used to read that) that already made me ponder the question then: who will be the better player?
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