Dan Shaughnessy

In the millennial age, it’s a whole different ballgame

Baseball in 2018 is not the game your father grew up watching. Picture Red Sox stars Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia taking a selfie (^), and a new image – and a whole new ballgame – emerges. It is the millennials’ time, from the earlier development curve to the question of leadership, from new manager Alex Cora’s impact to rookie Rafael Devers’s star potential.

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Chad Finn | Sports Media

Go ahead, cut the cord. You can still watch baseball plenty of ways

MLB has been proactive in making sure its products are accessible to would-be viewers on a variety of platforms.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper swings in the on-deck circle as he prepares to bat during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

NICK CAFARDO

National League team-by-team scouting reports

A look around the National League entering the 2018 season.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) and Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretch at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

NICK CAFARDO

American League team-by-team scouting reports

A look around the American League entering the 2018 season.

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora stands in the dugout in the fourth inning of the team's spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers, Fla. Rookie manager Cora has been given the keys to a baseball Cadillac. His only directives – as with any new driver -- don’t crack it up and don’t bring it back on empty. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Meet the 2018 Red Sox

The Red Sox will have the largest payroll in the game but are thin in the rotation and bullpen.

Fort Myers, FL- 2/23/2018 - Red Sox Spring Training- Credit Stan Grossfeld/Boston Globe---Red Sox manager Alex Cora is animated in an interview before 6AM.

PETER ABRAHAM

Red Sox stay connected and engaged with social media

Alex Cora believes it’s a necessary tool to be a successful manager in 2018.

Houston Astros infielder Carlos Correa handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ALEX SPEIER

MLB’s most dominant players are getting younger and younger

Championship teams are being built around waves of young players.

Fort Myers, FL 2/13/2018: Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers concentrates as he fields a ground ball during a workout at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

NICK CAFARDO

Rafael Devers, 21, the next big thing, taking it all in stride

From accepting advice to paying his dues, the Sox third baseman remains humble amid projections of stardom.

Fort Myers, FL 2/17/2018: Red Sox secondbaseman Dustin Pedroia spoke to reporters this morning about his recovery from surgery on his left knee, the scar is visible as he answers a question. Spring Training for the Red Sox continued today at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

NICK CAFARDO

It has come full circle for Dustin Pedroia, elder statesman on Red Sox

Pedroia, 34, is now a mentor — but not the captain — on a team full of younger players.

Terry Francona and the Indians lost to the Yankees in the AL Division Series last season.

Here’s how Globe writers are predicting the 2018 baseball season

Division winners, wild cards and five very different World Series projections from six Boston Globe sports writers.

Alex Cora (left) inherits a team that won the AL East title the past two seasons.

Christopher L. Gasper

Will Alex Cora make the difference for Red Sox in 2018?

There’s no learning curve for the first-time manager. He has a team that is expected to win now.