Welcome to March, Angels fans. Spring Training is in full swing now.
Canning will likely start the season not in the rotation due to injury. If you are new to the Angels Fandom, there is one thing you should know. You get used to this. Sorry.
On a lighter tone, Mike Trout is good at hitting a golf ball. Smoltz loves him now.
Oh and this Anthony Rendon guy. Seems pretty good. Hits the ball far. I’m up for 40 more of those in the regular season.
We did it! Castro changes his number to 16. Kingfish is still the last to wear 15 (in the regular season). Arte really should just retire it officially.
Oh yeah remember when Jered Weaver got hit by a water bottle and gave us a glorious gif? Mike Trout admits he threw it although we already knew. He may have admitted it before but it was brought up again due to Jered Weaver having a AMA on Twitter.
Well you can’t win them all. Especially with bad pitching as Neil Ramirez blew the game by allowing 8 runs in one inning. He had some help from Justin Upton being a Hot Pocket.
($)The Athletic has written a beautiful Trout porn piece. According to the writer, the number is completely arbitrary and isn’t a ranking list. So being number 27 is intentionally done.
Dodgers Red Sox mega deal was on a condition that Betts wasn’t in trouble with the MLB investigation on the 2018 Red Sox. Seeing how little Manfred punished the Astros it would be hypocritical if Betts got into more hot water than Altuve.
Manfred may have unjuiced the ball. Spring training pitchers say the ball feels different vs last year.
An issue Baseball faces in Asia is that there is a virus mucking things up. Games to qualify for the 2020 Olympics are postponed. The entire Japanese league is banning fans from stadiums for now. The 2020 Olympics, the first games in years to have baseball as a sport, may be canceled entirely. Although Japanese media is still confident.
Astros cheating investigation is thought to be a cover up by about half of baseball fans. That sounds too low honestly.
Someone went through the effort to calculate baseball if half the players were snapped by Thanos. Angels get lucky and have most of their best players survive.
Chipper Jones is now calling Wednesday night Baseball for ESPN. Maybe people will actually watch, that is if they have teams not named NY or Boston for once.
Ken Giles is willing to give up his 2017 world series ring. As the closer for the Blue Jays now, it is awkward. On the one hand it is a former Astro who is willing to make things right. On the other hand, as a closer he is the least likely to have directly help cheat and is on another team right now.
Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote a piece on how the Astros cheating has created a crisis for Baseball’s soul. Video monitors in the clubhouse at all may be banned. Has the game gotten too much about how to win the best? Sabermetrics have gotten people more info baseball but it has also created a culture of win at all costs.
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