Angels Hump Day News Crash: Mike Trout golfs indoors

If you figured Mike Trout would renounce sports—even temporarily—then you’re dead wrong, my friend. Trout posted this to Instagram yesterday, golfing a hole-in-one in his own house.

Not too shabby, eh?

In other Angels news…

Shohei Ohtani is throwing off flat ground, which would put him in-line to be able to start games in mid-May if his rehab progresses accordingly.

Hurler Griffin Canning, however, has not yet done so. It is yet to be seen if his PRP injections worked to heal the “chronic changes” to his UCL.

If there is baseball this year (hopefully that’s a question of when and not if), the Angels are in prime position to take advantage of a shorter season with a more questionable rotation. With increased variance in a smaller sample, perhaps the Angels have lucked into some good fortune.

News across MLB…

MLB is to grant a year of service time to all players who are active for the upcoming season, per Ken Rosenthal ($). Additionally, national emergency status gives MLB owners the right to withhold salaries, but MLB and the MLBPA are reportedly working together on a deal that satisfies both sides. Earlier in negotiations, the league is said to have offered a $150mm+ lump-sum payment.

FG’s Craig Edwards takes a delicate dive into baseball’s service time conundrum.

Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John Surgery. It’ll be interesting to see how pitchers are affected by the shift in preparation due to the season’s delays.

If you want to let out a frustration cry, you can read through the Mariners’ prospect write-ups. The list is quite good, and the players assembled are quite impressive…..

CARSON CISTULLI RETURNS!!! Well, sort of?

OT: I hope that everyone is doing okay in these difficult times. To those in fortunate-enough position, what will you be using the $1200 on?

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YOUknowulovetheIE
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2 years ago

What’s up, everyone? Baseball is only 6 weeks away. Hope all is well. Scored these today.

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steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago

What? No Bowman Refractor. Got to get them on lockdown.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

lol. Collecting trout is pretty expensive right now. I have this on a bid right now.

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GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
2 years ago

Syndergaard has had limited innings and pitch counts his whole career, so does that show once again pitch count is not saving a pitchers arm and elbow.

SeaAngels
Member
2 years ago

Of the 500 mlb games available on archive.com, I’m listening to the 1973 World Series. I’m old enough to remember it and was a fan of the A’s back then. Finished game one and have started game two with Vida Blue on the mound.

Around that time, I tossed many a ball at my pitch back. An old guy saw me wearing an A’s cap and started speaking with me. He was a member of the powerhouse Philadelphia A’s in the late 20s / early 30s. He was surprised that i knew about his teams. He showed me how to throw the knuckleball using the three fingers knuckled method. I heaved it rather well after some practice, but knuckleballs don’t return well on a pitch back… Wish i remembered his name.

Link to a great story about those great A’s : https://vault.si.com/vault/1996/08/19/lost-in-history-from-1929-to-1931-the-philadelphia-as-were-the-best-team-in-baseball-with-four-future-hall-of-famers-and-a-lineup-that-dominated-babe-ruths-legendary-yankees-so-why-hasnt-anyone-heard-of-them

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  SeaAngels

Eddie Rommel?

SeaAngels
Member
2 years ago

He died in 1970. Not him. My contact was in 1973. I did a quick search of pitchers for the 1929-31 A’s and the only one with certain California ties (born and died) is Hank McDonald. I met the player in Long Beach. I have vague recollection he said he was only on one of the teams. That could be McDonald as he was only on the 1931 team.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
2 years ago

Tomorrow might be the worst for us since it would have been Opening Day.

We won’t see Trout or Rendon hitting dingerz. We won’t see Noe plunking Altuve. No Fletcher, no Ohtani, no crazy Upton routes.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago

Filed under “Water is Wet”, Scott Boras is still an idiot who wants to schedule baseball thru Christmas.

https://yhoo.it/3aiJog3

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Boras is fighting for his clients and his financial well being. If the season gets cancelled it is a huge hit to his pocketbook. His idea of regular season games in a neutral site would work best at MILB stadiums as not many people are going to travel from Chicago to CA or Florida just to see the Sox or Cubs play, some will but the majority would be priced out, especially with the holidays. then comes the issue of Free Agency period and the Winter meetings. are they going to condense all of that between Christmas Day and spring Training?

OMAHALOFAN
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Sure he’s advocating for that, his season tickets aren’t in Minneapolis. My bet for the earliest start is during the All-Star break, if at all.

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Hey easy there! I would love baseball in November and December 🙂

red floyd
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Only if all games were played in CA, TX, and AZ.

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Bring the games to the islands

Theren86n02
Newbie
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

That’s exactly what he suggested, plus domed stadiums. Correct number of playoff games with NO days off (unless you win early). I don’t like Boras much, but it’s an interesting idea. Of course, playing games through October would be hell in some cities.

rspencer
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

I’m not at all averse to Boras’ idea, as far as it is described in the article, but despite the 67-degree average here in California in December, it can get quite cold at night the week before Christmas, and December is one of our rainiest months. I think it would be more sensible to rely upon domed stadiums in December.

Simba
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  rspencer

You are corrrect, but average only 5 days rainfall in December. Definitely chilly.

https://www.weather-us.com/en/california-usa/anaheim-climate

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago

Was baseball even real or was it all in my head? These withdrawals are ROUGH.

At least the bud stores were deemed “essential” 🙂

Jim Atkins
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

As long as I can buy hobby stuff online, I’ll make it. Had to score some rare dark gray paint yesterday for exposed metal decks on the USS Arizona. If this thing goes on for six months and I work on it full time, I might get it done.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Making it is relative. Sure, I am finding plenty of things to do (kids are at home, work still needs to be done – now from home), but the lack of baseball really does take its toll. Really hope we all get through this safely, and can get back to some semblance of normalcy (with a better W-L percentage though 🙂 ).

red floyd
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Just don’t get it from Hobby Lobby. The idiot that owns the store is making all employees come in because his wife “had a vision from God”. Never mind the virus.

Mia
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Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

It took me a minute to process that you meant a model of Arizona and not the memorial.

But I was sure they didn’t do maintenance on Arizona, well the parts above her waterline.

John Henry Weitzel
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2 years ago

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