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A bit of Angels Related Linkage
It’s official. Andrelton Simmons is on the ten day injured list. About David Fletcher, Joe Maddon is quoted as saying “The analytical world does not infiltrate his methods.” This is not really news, but it is a link about angels. On a sadder note, former Angels manager John McNamara has died at the age of 88.
Dodgers Versus Astros Brouhaha
Early Wednesday it looked like nobody was in trouble yet for that fracas between the Dodgers and Astros. Houston was apparently warned at the time while the Dodgers were not. Joe Kelly might still get a spanking or a time out from MLB. He did. It’s eight games. That didn’t take long. Dave Roberts was banned for one game. Joe Kelly is appealing the suspension. Dusty Baker says the Dodgers are dirty. I doubt if that is going to improve relations between the two teams. He says he doesn’t expect the Astros to retaliate, but I wouldn’t expect him to say they will. He got fined for his part in the fracas. Lance McCullers fanned the flames a little bit too. (I like the comments to this one). Meanwhile, Dave Roberts and Joe Kelly don’t seem particularly contrite and there are calls on social media for the Dodgers to build a statue of Joe Kelly. Keynan Middleton is a fan. Dave Roberts even thinks the Astros will not retaliate. Only time will tell I suppose. He planned to tell his team that it was important to stay on the bench, though. I guess he can still do that as long as he doesn’t show up at the game.
In Other Baseball News
Nick Markakis had opted out but now he has opted back in. The scheduling shenanigans are underway as the Yankees and Orioles will play against each other while they were scheduled to play the Phillies and marlins respectively. MLB and the players union are discussing further rule changes in the wake of the Marlins outbreak of COVID-19. The Orioles traded Hector Velazquez to the Astros. Watch your head, Hector.