David Fletcher plays center field! He’s obviously competing with Mike Trout for the job, and we shouldn’t be surprised if it’s a neck-and-neck race. It remains to be seen under which circumstances Fletcher would actually enter a Major League game in center (if Trout is healthy).
The official MLB site ranks teams by their farm systems. The Angels (unsurprisingly) end up near the bottom yet again. The top prospect, Jo Adell, is still striking out a lot…
The big news of the day was that MLB, following other sports leagues, is closing clubhouses to reporters due to coronavirus concerns. Unsurprisingly, reporters are upset ($$). Ken Rosenthal is just the loudest voice, but he does make a strong argument; this clubhouse access is how sports reporters get some of the best stories. Over the past few days, I’ve seen different beat writers from different sports, like basketball and hockey, argue that closing clubhouses limits the reach that reporters have over what they share, and doing so may eliminate the friendships that are built there between player and writer.
So what kind of history does baseball have dealing with illnesses? Emma Baccellieri looks into it on SI.
Another Mike Trout-Millville heartwarming story ($$)…this time about the high school jersey he bestows every year…
Matt Shoemaker is back! ($$) Apologies…there was a lot of good stuff from The Athletic today.
The Ringer examines whether or not the Astros cheating scheme has changed the way we think about Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish, two pitchers who were greatly affected by the dishonesty.
So…if Justin Verlander is injured, who will the Angels see on Opening Day?
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