Pitchers and catchers have reported. The wait is finally over. While the Angels stumbled at the end of the offseason, there is still plenty to be excited about.
Pitching may not be the best but the offense will be amazing. And that is without knowing when Jo Adell will be ready. That’s good to have half the team elite because Billy seems to be done with adding arms as of now.
Ohtani will not be ready to pitch til May. Well, that… That is a bit disappointing. Still will hit in the meantime.
Angels minors affiliate the Inland Empire 66ers have decided to use a cherub logo for a limited time on May 22nd. Baby on a hat. Guess it is one way to show that they are part of the Angels in a way.
Joe Maddon says the Cubs wanted to change too much before he left. Well he is home now and he can do whatever he likes as Arte has him in a contract longer than Billy.
PECOTA standings are out. They expect 86 wins for the Angels. That’s second place and in the second wild card. Oh no. Expectations.
Heaney has Skaggs old locker. He will take good care of it.
Other Baseball News
Rob Manfred continues to be someone who doesn’t understand baseball and has proposed drastically expanding the playoffs to 14 teams. And for that he got blasted from Fangraphs to players to fans alike.
The difference between rich and poor teams is becoming more blurry. The Royals sold for a billion dollars so should they be seen as small market?
Former Angel coach Ron Roenicke is the new Boston Red Sox manager. For the interim anyway. The team is still under investigation which includes him as he was a coach there in 2018.
Speaking of investigation, Musgrove says that if other teams were to be investigated like the Astros it is likely we will learn disturbing things about more teams. Well maybe do it then. Rip the bandage off and let’s get this behind us instead of leaks and cover ups.
Dodgers told Nats that the Astros were cheating before the 2019 world series. Seriously why is this info drip fed? It will never go away at this point. Although that is what some teams want.
PECOTA did an AMA on reddit. As projection people they had some answers for the behind the scenes of their process.
R.B.I. Baseball game has a new trailer. Still the only Recent real baseball game most gamers can actually play if they do not have a Playstation.
Remember when the Simpsons did a baseball episode with real players guest starring? Well Fangraphs explores what happened to them.
Japanese baseball’s GOAT catcher has died. Age gets to us all, even in Japan. It is a wonder how little the west actually pays attention to Japanese Baseball.