Good Morning Angels fans! Happy Humpday! We have good news in store for you. So enjoy the links!
Baseball is Back!
Players agreed with the health guidelines which means it is official! With a 60 game season in the middle of a pandemic, here are some rule changes and guidelines (numbered!).
Third, Players will not be allowed to come earlier than 5 hours before or stay after 90 minutes post game. Don’t want to allow people to stay longer than needed.
4th, Reporters can’t stay for more than an hour after post game interviews. Which is plenty, especially since reporters can’t meet players or management face to face. Video call only.
6th, bad news. Extra inning rules are changed. Runner on 2nd to start 10th. People are already mad including me, and it is now possible to lose a perfect game.
7th, Summer spring training can have as many as 60 players. Since it seems all will be at their own stadiums (except MAYBE Blue Jays) it makes sense as it will all be inter team games.
8th, Players cannot go into replay rooms. Thought that was already a rule.
9th, Arguing with umpires is now immediate ejection and fine, if you get within 6 feet of them. Could have solved the issue with robo umps.
10th, everyone in the ballpark will have their temperature taken. That is EVERYONE. Players will have 2 thermometers on them for home readings before coming in.
12th, MLB has the right to relocate teams based on health and safety reasons even in the postseason. California has had a big spike lately along with Arizona, Florida, and Texas, so this may get messy.
13th, Trade Deadline is August 31st. Surprised there is a deadline, or trades being allowed at all.
14th, NO SPITTING. No sunflower seed spitting or tobacco or anything. You can chew gum though. Ohtani wonders what the big deal is as the rest of MLB panics.
15th, Players who are high risk or live with those who are high risk including pregnancy, are allowed to opt out with service time. Mike Trout’s wife is very pregnant right now and due in August.
First real big name to test positive for COVID19, Charlie Blackmon. Also another two Rockies players. I really do not know how MLB will pull this season off.
Puig, who was almost signed by SF back in March is now about to be pursued by the Giants again. If true, Angels will face him again.
Because the schedule of 60 games is 10 vs every division opponent and 4 vs every team in the opposite league division. West vs West, Central vs Central, East vs East.
So the Angels schedule is 10 vs Astros, 10 vs A’s, 10 vs Rangers, 10 vs Mariners, 4 vs Dodgers, 4 vs Giants, 4 vs Padres, 4 vs Rockies, 4 vs Dbacks. Which makes the Angels have the 2nd hardest SOS for the AL. And the Marlins get hardest SOS for NL.
Arte Moreno revealed his plans for the land he bought in and around Angels Stadium in the Platinum Triangle. Mostly homes, offices and ‘better fan experience’.
David Fletcher is happy. Which means everything will be alright.
Ed. Note: David Fletcher
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