2019 Version: Last place in the League with a 59-103 record
Shhhh – Don’t tell owner Bryn MacPhail but the Sharks aren’t favoured to be a .500 team – he won’t believe you though. Like Harold Ballard of the late Toronto Maple Leafs … MacPhail believes that every player is a star on the team, and every rookie is a future Hall of Famer which can only guarantees success.
However, night after night, the game in the Tropics are an event unto themselves, and the fans continue to love their Sharks. In fact, they even came up with a Song of their own – called, “The Shark Song”. Enjoy.
Last season – there’s not much to share. They were last. Sadly, to make things worse for themselves, they traded away their first-round pick, so they didn’t get to really “profit” from their failure during the year. Truth be told, does MacPhail care? Nah, he might wince here and there, but secretly he will check the profit he makes on all things Shark related in the Bahamas and knows that his team will always be in the hearts of his countrymen forever.
2020 Version: 78-84 (3rd in Division by a Game over Fort Worth)
Heading into this season, the Sharks will be overshadowed by the two powerhouses in their division. Rather than being “Sharks”, they will be more like guppies.
The Sharks added some much-needed help to their rotation with Zach Davies and Lance McCullers, but they are no shut down pitchers. The offense will see some solid support from Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Tim Anderson, Salvador Perez and Jesse Winker. In any other year, they would be more hope, but two 90-win teams in a division, is a problem too big to overcome. If future success is to happen, it will need to take place on smart deals at the draft deadline. With a good number of aging hitters on this team, the Sharks should take away some youth and draft picks going forward.
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2021 Version: 70-92 (Last in Division)
2021 should see the return of Chris Sale, which is enough to get most fans excited, but how good will he be? ZIPS thinks he will anchor the rotation but be a shadow of his former self. If Snell manages to return to his Cy Young winning form, and McCullers and Davies keep things up, their pitching will have greatly improved.
Offense wise, there is a lot of dependence on older players playing beyond their age, which is not a healthy place to be. Here’s hoping for consistent performance from Ozuna and Rendon, and the comeback of Giancarlo Stanton to 50 HR status.
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2022 Version: 75-87 (fighting for bottom spot with Fort Worth)
Older teams do not get better with age…
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Hope for the Future: Nick Solak, Jared Walsh and Tyler Stephenson are some good young players to hope for, however it will be dependent going forward if they will be able to add more young players to the stable of “potential”.