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Mike Trout Related Links
Mike Trout records a 60 second spot for Opening Day at Home. Mike Trout also demonstrates social distancing. Mike Trout finds himself as cooped up as anybody else in this time of recommended home self-confinement.
Other Angels Related Links
Which Angels are “must extend” candidates and which are “maybe extend” candidates? Here is a comprehensive list of Billy Eppler’s trade history; the good the bad, and the ugly. The Angels have optioned Luke Bard, Ryan Buchter, Michael Hermosillo, and Jared Walsh to Salt Lake City.
News From Around Baseball
Former Angel Dan Haren donated many bobbleheads from his vast collection to be auctioned for charity. The auction is going on right now. OK. Rob Manfred is done investigating the Red Sox but has been too busy to prepare a report. He’ll do that before the beginning of the season. The times they are a’ changin’ for the amateur draft. I guess Curtis Granderson is not available. Willie Calhoun, who took a fastball to the face, has been cleared for baseball activities. He is expected to be ready to play on opening day, whenever that is. Finally, the Astros have exercised a peremptory challenge against Judge Malcolm H. Mackey in the case of Mike Bolsinger v. Houston Astros. They are saying that they cannot get a fair trial under this judge. Each side has one such challenge which is also known as an affidavit of prejudice. Be safe. Have a good weekend.
There has been a deal struck between the players and the owners. The owners will pay the players $170 million to be distributed among them if there is no season. Furthermore, the players will get service time in the case the season is canceled. (Tommy La Stella, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran, and Jason Castro could become free agents without playing for the Angels again — or ever, for the latter two.) In return, the draft has been shortened to five rounds. Five freaking rounds!