LA Angels Wednesday News Crash: Happy Canada Day!

Good morning Angels fans! New month, one with baseball! Stay safe out there, hope is so close. Have some links as you enjoy Canada’s day.

[Ed. Note: We hope everyone is staying safe, sound, and healthy in these uncertain times. I have heard from a little birdy that two bananas a day and lemon water every morning does the trick.]

Angels News

Jo Adell could play on the MLB team this season, says GM Billy Eppler. The extra service time date is July 29th, so do not expect him before then.

The Angels are one of just three teams to not yet commit to paying their minor league players through July.

Ohtani will pitch and hit right away. Wonder if he will DH for himself when he pitches?

Billy Eppler has said no player has opted out of playing yet. It’s odd that Mike Trout will play, seeing how his child’s due date is approaching soon.

Reid Detmers, the 10th overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, will be a part of the Angels’ 60 man player pool roster. He may be a top 5 pitcher in the organization seeing how this team has issues with pitching. No wear on him either!

Tim Salmon has been added to MLB the Show. So if you play that, you can have a fishy OF.

Longtime fan favorite Howie Kendrick is talking photography on July 2nd. It is a free online event.

Around Baseball

The MiLB season is officially cancelled. We saw it coming but it’s sad, nonetheless.

Japanese Baseball culture is fascinating. A very High School Football in Texas feel. Also of note, a NPB team has teamed up with the Anime Fire Force fr promos.

MLB will not release the names of players who have COVID-19. The ones we know were told by family members or players themselves.

Look a trade! Padres and A’s have made a trade. Jorge Mateo is going to the Padres for a PTBNL.

Happy Canada Day, Blue Jays, you are now cleared to go to Toronto. Do not know how they will play anyone once the season starts but baby steps.

AAA players roasts the MLB handling of the minors. Bad look Manfred.

MLB wants to play a Field of Dreams game in Iowa. You know the state that is blacked out of 6 teams?

A’s will have fan cutouts at their Coliseum. That would be cool if Arte did that.

MLB has approved 7 candidates for the Mets sale. A-Roid is one of them.

Matt Kemp replaces the sitting out Ian Desmond of the Rockies. Remember in 2012 when Matt Kemp said that Trout and him would try to have a 50-50 season?

2021 College Baseball rankings are here. For some reason.

Today is the day Bobby Bonilla and others with deferred contracts get paid ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Wow.

Indy Ball starts July 3rd. It’s…something?

Anything I missed? Post below for upvotes!

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tommyshalo
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Had some trouble during the last few months and hardly visited this site, so glad to come back and see everything operated here as usual!

Thanks to the masthead and community members. Although there’s uncertainty about this season, it’s much better than having nothing.

Please take care folks, and looking forward to seeing you at a gamethread!

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

You too! Thanks for joining us.

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Welp. Someone tested positive for the virus on my floor, not very far from where I sit. Meanwhile, things are progressing business as usual for the non-infected employees. Wonderful. Just wonderful.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

That’s awful. I hope you (and your co-workers) are OK.

I haven’t set foot in my office since March 13, and there’s no plans for any of us to return in the immediate future.

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Thank you, DG. I found out today that one of my coworkers’ parents passed away a couple weeks ago. This virus halts for no one. Please stay safe.

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Take care good buddy. Wash hands, and gargle often. Take deep breaths

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Rahul Setty

I currently work at the USPS processing plant here. They had a couple floor workers test positive. They shut this plant full of machines and pallets and boxes and trolleys and cages and mail and packages and trucks that’s the size of ten football fields with dozens of doors and code pads down for 5 hours and “disinfected the whole things so it’s completely safe for tour two workers to start their shift on time.”

So yeah, all that mail’s still going out and all us workers are still in that building. All our safety bubbles are pretty leaky.

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
2 years ago

That sucks.

The thing about our positions is that we physically don’t need to be in the office to do our jobs, but yet we’re being mandated to be in, even after this recent instance. Makes no sense at all.

red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

We’ve been working remote since March 15. They were gradually going to bring us back starting around July 15, but someone in a completely different office suite got COVID, so we’re delaying our return.

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Not good news overall, but good news for you. Stay safe.

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 years ago

the only thing that looks worse in Seattle now this morning than Capitol Hill (CHOP) is the Mariners roster

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago

Angels finally agree to pay minor leaguers.

ryanfea
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

I really hope that they decided this and told the guys long ago and it’s just now being reported to the media because waiting until July to make up their mind on this is pretty damn embarrassing.

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

Unfortunate that a certain owner only caves to PR pressure, instead of doing the right thing on his own.

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Why should you get paid to stay home? How does that make me money?

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

Because minor league players:

1. Are still expected to develop their skills through working out and personal training despite the lack of games and
2. Minor league players that haven’t been release are prohibited from seeking employment from other teams.

In other words, minor league players are still somewhat under the control of their employer during the off season.

That is a different situation than a small-business employee who has no obligation to the small business owner while the business is closed and is free to look for a job at a competitor’s business.

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Yes. I feel the owners should have to pay these players, and cover their benefits, during all of the years of control, plus one option year, after drafting then signing these loyal athletes.

No mater what is happening.

They have committed their (entire) lives to playing this game, and can not choose, at all, who their boss may be, or where they will be employed. Pay them the nickles and dimes. Give them something to help start a life up without baseball. Most don’t have a real fallback plan, because that was not in their plan.

Rahul Setty
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Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

Can’t tell if satirical, or…

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

/s but maybe stupid

Robbinsca
Member
2 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

California law would make them free agents. Sure he would save a few bucks, but it would completely delete the minor league rosters.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Robbinsca

and as Jeff said, lose a minor leaguer who could be developed, you’ll have to sign a more expensive free agent.

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago

Actual footage of Bobby Bonilla…

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RexFregosi
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Happy Canada Day, Red – you’re on a roll today! Both your posts have me lol

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago

Re: cardboard cutouts… Might actually be louder than the usual fans.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Some stadiums might use them every year.

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago

One order of 20,000 cutouts coming up. Can I have a name please? Mr.Moreno. Pick up or Delivery? Pick up. Yes you do get a discount with pick up, but not on the size of the order. A change, sure. 10,000, um yes, I believe so, no one would notice the difference. Yes, that is the price for the non premium. Yes we can make them all the same. Yes, only the Angels logo, we can do that. Ha-ha, it’s like I’m paying myself, that’s funny sir. Thank you sir. No need to tip on Pick up orders, yes that is correct. Will that be all? No sir, understood sir, I was not, and would never try, to oversell you. Thank you sir. See you in 15 minutes. Drive safely.

Robbinsca
Member
2 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

He needs at least 100,000 cutouts. Then 5 cutouts per seat, with 30 home games, and once again he reaches the magical 3 million in attendance!

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Robbinsca

We be packing them in-trAdition

Mia
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Mia
2 years ago

One year ago today we lost Tyler Skaggs.

Hard to believe it’s been a year, I was sitting in Seoul when I heard the news, never would have imagined that a year later we’d have no baseball and a global pandemic.

No one is ever really gone as long as there are those that remember them.

I’m gonna try not to get too excited about Detmers and Ohtani, they will both likely need some time to adjust and knock off cobwebs. Still, baseball!

Fansince1971
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Life has changed so much since then that it seems longer than one year. Had a drink at the busy bar the night before and then ate at a nice crowded restaurant. Hard to believe there was not a thought of the pandemic that occupies our daily lives. Woke up to the terrible news. I remember feeling shell-shocked and so sad for his family.

Terrible news has become more routine now and maybe I’ve become more internal/protected about it. Our lives have been turned upside down and the Nation has never been more divided. The News is essentially unwatchable. Every day is something bad or frustrating. And yet I do not feel as shocked or sad as I did that day one year ago.

RIP Tyler.

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I feel that. I have definitely become numb to bad news. Probably a coping mechanism when the news is telling us we lose the equivalent of a 9/11 disaster daily.

What is the right reaction when 130k+ of your fellow citizens die? I don’t even know. I’m honestly shocked I don’t know anyone who has contracted the virus yet.

A single death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic, or something like that.

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

RIP Tyler Skaggs.