The Houston Astros dodged reporters yesterday regarding their sign-stealing cheating scandal, with owner Jim Crane meeting with players to discuss handling of the situation. They are to have a press conference with the media, which should be particularly interesting considering new manager Dusty Baker has had absolutely nothing to do with any of this. Get the popcorn out and ready, people…..
Angels news out of camp
The Angels sure had a bone to pick with the Astros regarding cheating, and pick they did. Andrew Heaney said he hopes the Astros “feel like shit”. Noé Ramirez hopes for bad karma to come Houston’s way.
Joe Maddon believes the Astros’ fun times did not extend to that of other teams.
Max Stassi expects to be ready for Opening Day.
Jaime Barria is in the best shape of his life??
FanGraphs ranked Jo Adell (#4), Brandon Marsh (#39), and Jordyn Adams (#79) within its top 100 prospects, a must read for prospect followers across baseball. Turk’s will have more on this very shortly.
Don’t ever tell me that Tommy La Stella isn’t brave…..
MLB made its rule changes for the upcoming changes official yesterday: among them, a minimum of 3 batters faced for pitchers, two-way player designation, and a return to the 15-day IL. For more on that two-way designation:
A “two-way player” — someone who both hits and pitches — is now an official designation. That lets them stay on the roster as a position player and pitch in games without counting toward their team’s 13-pitcher pitcher limit. If you designate someone a two-way player, they have to stay that way through the end of the year.
Players have to meet certain criteria to qualify as two-way players — in either the current MLB season or the previous one, they have to pitch at least 20 innings in the Majors and start at least 20 games as a position player or DH where they bat three or more times.
Mookie Betts and David Price are excited to join the Dodgers.
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