News Flash! Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani need to play better this year. For his part, Justin Upton says he had the first normal offseason in “a while.” Now here’s what I’m talking about: Shohei Ohtani hit 97 MPH on the radar gun yesterday. 97 MPH baby! The Angels got a grade of “B” for their offseason in this Bleacher Report article.
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Jose Abreu tested positive for the coronavirus and Andrew Miller came down with COVID-19 ten days before pitchers and catchers were to report. Andrew Miller has now completed his self-quarantine which he served in his guest bedroom in order to stay away from his wife and children. Twins prospect Royce Lewis tore the ACL in his right knee and will have surgery. The result will be that he will miss the 2021 season. Round and round Jake Odorizzi goes. Where he stops nobody knows. The Dodgers and Blue Jays have completed their Ross Stripling trade. The Dodgers got Ryan Noda as their second player to be named later. Yoenis Cespedes will be holding a showcase on March 2. Who here is afraid Perry Minasian is not done hiring outfielders?
There is still an excellent chance that Trevor Story will be available among next year’s class of free agent shortstops. Vlad Guerrero Jr. lost 42 pounds in the offseason. That is a lot of weight to lose in a few months. I hope it works out for him. Tyler Glasnow is developing a pitch he refers to as *ahem* a “slutter.” Ok. It looks like that Jarred Kelenik grievance is incoming. On the topic of labor unrest, Mike Trout speaks to Tony Clark nearly every day heading into the negotiations for the next collective bargaining agreement. I guess anybody paying as much union dues as Mike Trout probably pays doesn’t usually get put on hold.
Good News, But Not As Good As 97 MPH Baby!
Congratulations to Freddie Freeman, whose wife gave birth to twin boys! Happy birthday Eddie Murray! A signed 1933 Babe Ruth card just sold for $761,100 at auction.
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