LA Angels Tuesday News Crash- Fans At Baseball?

Dr. Anthony Fauci said some hopeful things about fans attending games in 2021.  California, of course, does not necessarily feel a need to cooperate.  On that note, the Dodgers are trying to pull some strings and have fans on opening day despite the fact that Los Angeles County is still in the purple tier.  Will we have fans at baseball?

Sleaze Bag Of The Day

We have two entries for Sleaze Bag of the Day today. Seattle Mariners CEO, Kevin Mather, unleashed about 45 minutes of racism and disrespect toward his players while speaking to a local Rotary Club earlier this month.  The MLB Players Association, understandably upset, released a statement on the matter.  Kevin Mather says he’s sorry. To show how sorry he is, he resigned from his position with the Mariners.

Johnny Damon was arrested Friday morning driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.20.  Not only was he arrested for DUI, but also for resisting an officer without violence.  Further details are here.

The Mike Trout Link

Mike Trout has spoken up.  To nobody’s surprise, he would like to go to the playoffs.  You heard him, Perry.

The Albert Pujols Link

Albert Pujols’ wife says he will retire after 2021.

Links From Around Baseball

Unless the Dodgers extend him, Clayton Kershaw is going to be looking for a new job next off season.  The back must be feeling pretty good this spring. A fly landed on Jeff Passan’s face during a live televised shot.  I guess this is a free plug for Big Fly Gear.  Taijuan Walker’s deal with the Mets is official.  Meanwhile Cameron Maybin got a minor league deal with the Cubs.  Julio Teheran got a minor league deal with the Tigers. Tyler Clippard is going to the Diamondbacks.  All Star pitcher Stan Williams died at the age of 84.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi 

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red floyd
Legend
2 years ago

Mike Trout wants to go to the playoffs?

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HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Mather’s talk sounded like something you might hear at a cocktail party in 1995 when a guy is three sheets to the wind. In this environment, it’s just moronic to do in that setting and he doesn’t deserve to be running a $350 million a year business to make such a stupid blunder. He was likely trying to be frank and funny, but he needs to throw in the towel if he is thinking standup comedy as his next career move.

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
2 years ago

This Mather speech took me to LL for the first time since 2019 and everything was too long to actually read lol.

But one thing that caught my eye is that they seem to be getting loaded faster than I imagined…
Suppose there wii be the Brandon Woods of Seattle too, but the future there looks like a soon-be threat.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

Yeah. They aren’t that far off.

Mia
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Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Maybe it really was Arte all along 😱

FungoAle
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Marsh/Adell vs. Kelenic/Rodriguez…higher return?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

Hard to believe that the Kevin Mather’s can obtain high positions in sports in today new world. But what is even more unbelievable is that being supposedly a smart guy like this actually went on to say such defamatory comments. One has to believe that with people such as Kevin Mather that this is why the Mariners have been this bad for so long.

Johnny Damon made a huge error in judgement make no mistake on that, but that does not make him a ” Sleaze Bag”, it may show that he has a problem that needs to be addressed. Alcohol and Drugs should not be behind the wheel, but good people can make mistakes as we are as humans not perfect. Hope he learns a lesson and gets help and thankfully no one was injured or worse.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago

With the release of Kevin Mather’s controversial comments it proves that Jerry DiPoto will work for anyone.

Last edited 2 years ago by Cowboy26
Jessica DeLine
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Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Most of these guys will. Only 30 GM jobs in the world so you take what you can get even if it means working for an asshole.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

So does this mean that Arte is worse than an Asshole?

red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

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Mia
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Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Tell DG to put some pants on.

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Why bother? He will just flaunt his pants-free lifestyle.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

People have been asking for years. Save yer breath!

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

How’s it been going, DG? Haven’t spoken with you in what seems like ages!

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Work and life has been extremely, which means I don’t get to spend nearly as much time farting around online as I would like. Hope all is well in the RF world!

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Well just from the odor that’s wafted in from out of town, I can tell that you’ve been farting around OFFLINE.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

It’s quite effective at maintaining the 6 ft social distancing rule. In fact, it helps keep people at least 25 ft away.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Rally thong supporting social distancing, ftw.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago

Not to mention setting the trend for better health.

Jessica DeLine
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Super Member
2 years ago

It’s not hard to believe at all. It shows that baseball has a huge culture problem and a lot of industries do. People like this thrive in those areas because no one cares or speaks up. And yes – I was more surprised that he wasn’t smart enough to keep his mouth shut. He is not the last guy that believes those things in high positions in baseball – he just opened his dumb mouth (thankfully).

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
2 years ago

Damon’s poor decision could have gotten people injured or killed. And a .294 is a batting average, not a blood alcohol count.

The fact he was that functional at a .294% could indicate a problem. His biggest problem is not calling Uber in this day and age. There’s no excuse to be on the road while risking others.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Remembering Nick

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Uber or Lyft, two very easy and safe choices he could have easily made.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

No excuses to being on the road as a lot of things could of happened but thankfully no one was hurt. But there are always others options than the one taken and that do not get you arrested.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Some of what Mather said was accurate such as not promoting the prospect to save money. Some of the other things he said were repugnant. All of what he said reflected someone with no self-discipline, no professional acumen and a complete lack of awareness of his audience.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

R.I.P. Stan Williams, you are one of the Good Ones.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago

Opening Day seems optimistic but limited crowds should come back this spring.

I am looking forward to some sunshine and baseball with a few precautions.

MH252525
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Man I don’t know what’s worse, being a once great player who knows he’s going to be riding pine a lot this season especially if things go well, or not even being able to make your own retirement announcement but having your wife do it for you.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  MH252525

Counting his salary this season should ease his turmoil just a bit

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

One of the worst Free Agent signings in the history of sports. Sad really.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Excellent question. Rush to vaccinate all of LA before April?

But realistically, with only 20% capacity, perhaps there is room in the parking lot for both the vaccination center and the limited fans?

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago

Yeah good point. They could easily section off their huge parking areas and still do the vaccinations even if fans are at games.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago

For once getting shot up in the Dodgers parking lot will be a good thing ha ha.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

So what you’re saying is it’s just like trying to get out of that parking lot after a game.

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Saw McCartney there a couple of years ago. It took almost three hours for our Uber to get in to pick us up.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

The access in and out of Doyer Stadium is without a doubt one of the most poorly designed systems in the country.

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

We took the train to Union Station and the bus from Union Station to the Latrine. Getting home, the line to get on the bus home went from halfway up the first base side all the way to the left field bleachers. So we called an Uber. Ugh, either way.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I know Petco’s is already closing and the FEMA one at the A’s stadium is only to run for 8 weeks so they all were likely scheduled to close before baseball season.

By April a lot of the shots will be via Blue Shield’s network, CVS/Walgreens, Costco and other community centers I think.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 years ago

No sense in the Mariners trying to manipulate his playing time now, not with that admission. Wow. If Mather felt that free to say that moronic stuff in public, just imagine the culture inside that club. Damage control needs to be happening yesterday.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

Given the attention span of most, this will be forgotten in a couple of weeks

Commander_Nate
Member
Trusted Member
2 years ago

What are the Seattle Mariners?

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 years ago

Agents will remember. Players will remember, and those from places he disparaged will think twice about signing into that culture (if they have a choice).

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago

Mather simply stated publicly what even we as fans knows happens in every organization: service time manipulation. And even if the next CBA moves the line, teams will simply adjust and do the same.

As far as signing into that culture as a non-American, for sure. And Seattle is a desirable spot for Japanese players in particular.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Teams will manipulate service time, but I think that Mather saying that out loud about Kelenic would unleash a grievance against the Mariners if they try it. There is a reason there is always another official reason (needs more reps in AAA, flu-like symptoms, something). So, they might as well start Kelenic’s clock.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago

Agreed.

The natural progression of minor league guys lends itself to that excuse of needing more reps. A guy busts out at AA and gets a month at AAA. A month clearly isn’t enough, but those return 2-3 weeks always do the trick, ha ha.

I liked the first few minutes of the Mather talk but it went sideways fast and into realms that didn’t need to be visited or discussed. He wanted the season moved back a month, told people not to book airplanes, even stated the obvious trust between players and owners. And then disaster struck……

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Like I’ve said before, up service time to 7 years but start the clock as soon as a player is added to the 40 man roster. That eliminates the ability for service time manipulation, because you either expose a guy to the rule 5 draft or you start his service time.