Honestly, I think this whole issue sounds worse than it actually is. Yesterday, the Angels fired the visiting clubhouse manager, Brian Harkins, for providing opposing pitchers with illegal substances used to grip the ball. Harkins had held the position for 30 years. Since pitchers like Trevor Bauer claim that most in baseball use it (and it’s actually safer for hitters, because pitchers can control their pitches), I see this as a lot of excitement over some humdrum. However, it IS funny that while the Houston Astros’ employees help them cheat, the Angels’ employees cheat AGAINST the club? Wild. Between this and waiting for Griffin Canning’s results…never a dull moment for this franchise, is there?
Other than that (with “that” being a pretty big story), fairly slow day for Angels baseball, with the off-day.
Jeff Fletcher of the OCR profiles Anthony Rendon ($$). Not only does he touch on Rendon’s baseball abilities, but he also features quotes about Rendon’s character:
“He’s a kid who you say, ‘If I had a daughter, I’d want my daughter to marry that guy,’” said Willie Ansley, a former top prospect who became a youth coach in the Houston area and to this day remains close with Rendon.
So apparently Mike Trout is no longer the consensus #1 pick in fantasy baseball…I mean goodness, pick against him at your own peril. The man oozes consistency, and with Anthony Rendon lengthening the lineup, he should see more at-bats this year…but sure, Acuña is very shiny and new.
Yoan Moncada signs an extension with the Chicago White Sox, and that club is locking up all their stars. They could be good for the next decade…
Speaking of, MLB is actually running a very interesting promo (for once). Make some predictions for the decade, such as which team will have the most wins, or which player will garner the most hits, and you could win a million dollars! CTPG is currently compiling our predictions/submissions, and we will be publishing an article soon with our rationales.
There’s some exciting college baseball in LA this weekend, with some top prospects…come out to USC or UCLA to see Vanderbilt, TCU, and the two aforementioned schools in action!
Finally, I saw this on Twitter, so now you have to watch this too.
Enjoy the weekend!