This is going to be a big year for Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, as he’s in the final year of his contract.
All eyes will be on our MLBbro as the Nationals will decide whether or not to keep him or let him go.
While his future is uncertain, Bell is just focused on playing baseball and helping his team contend for a World Series.
“I feel like as baseball players, we know that…every time that we put on a jersey it’s one step closer to a time where we can’t put it on anymore and that’s the way I play the game,” Bell said in an article from nbcsports.com. “I’m not worried about the end of the season, I’m worried about today and not taking anything for granted.”
That’s the best approach a player can take and for Bell, he knows he can’t control what happens in the future.
What he can do is hit and hit far. That is what the hard-hitting lefty is known for throughout the league.
Through the Nationals first five games of the season, the 29-year-old has hit safely in each game, boasting a .333 average with four RBI and a home run.
"Up, back, and let it fly!" 🗣
Josh Bell hit an absolute DINGER!
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2022
This is the player the Nationals want to see and a big reason they acquired him in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020.
Even though the team has yet to reach out to him regarding his future, he has made it known that he enjoys playing in the nation’s capital.
“Nope, but we’ll see what happens,” Bell said. “I’d be open for the conversation, for sure. I love D.C. but just trying to stay focused on ball for now.”
If Bell can continue to produce at the plate, the Nationals will have to strongly consider keeping him around.
Let’s be real here, Bell can be a valuable asset to any team he plays for. With him in D.C., he adds more power in the team’s offense to go alongside Juan Soto.
In his first season with the Nationals, he hit .261 with 27 home runs and 88 RBI through 144 games.
Those are solid numbers he put up and he’s looking to have an even better season in 2022. Bell can get back to that All-Star caliber player he was back in 2019 when he was with the Pirates.
Let’s go back and look at his numbers from that season. At the time of the All-Star Game, he batted .302 with 27 home runs and a MLB-leading 84 RBI.
Bell slowed down during the second half of the season and finished with a .277 batting average with 37 home runs and 116 RBI.
Numbers like that can make an impact on a team and that’s a big reason he was named an All-Star that year.
The Nationals will have a big decision to make this year and all eyes will certainly be on Bell and how he performs in D.C.