In just over 48 hours from this posting the Angels will take the field for the first time in 2021, taking on the San Francisco Giants on Day One of the Cactus League.
The Angels have a full schedule on tap for March despite the lack of split squad games this year. That is one of several changes on tap for Spring Training this year.
Here’s a look at the master schedule for the Cactus League and one for the Grapefruit League as well. Many teams have announced broadcast schedules and this is usually MLB Network’s time to shine. They kick off 30 Clubs in 30 Days today with the Detroit Tigers. The Angels are one of the last clubs featured, on March 24th.
The players are looking forward to playing in front of fans again. And I know fans are anxious to see baseball. Here’s a look at the Giants getting prepared for butts in seats. Don’t plan on being one of those butts unless you already have a ticket as the Giants have already sold out all of their games.
If you are thinking of heading out there, between big demand and limited seating four teams are already sold out of tickets and Cubs are nearly there. Many Angels games are sold out based on chats I’ve had with a few fans. Bite the bullet on StubHub or the like or be left to scalpers on game day.
Honestly, it is kind of killing me to not go out there this year. I usually get through the short days of “winter” here in SoCal by looking forward to day games in Phoenix. It’s a small sacrifice compared to what so many have made, but I love Spring Training and hope this is the last one I miss.
Spring Training storylines abound. Scott Kazmir (remember him?) is attempting a comeback and Fangraphs gives it some digital ink.
Coming back from surgery to repair a high five damaged shoulder, Cody Bellinger say’s he’ll now be a handshake guy.
Getting back to the Angels, Felix Pena has dropped 15-20 pounds and is ready to roll. Also in the best shape of his life is Shohei Ohtani.
Moving from Braves camp to Angels camp is infielder Jake Mayfield. Robel Garcia now enters DFA limbo.
I keep wondering when/if Jake Odorizzi will be heading to camp, preferably ours.
In honor of both Day One theme and Black History Month, let’s remember the Angels were integrated from Day One as an MLB franchise. That pic above is of Leon “Daddy Wags” Wagner, the first clubhouse character of the reborn Angels.
This weekend’s longform read is on his great career and the sad ending of it. I wasn’t around back then but I think I’d have cringed at his play in the field yet loved his demeanor off it.
Anyone who saw him play, please share some storied below.
For now, let’s enjoy the sights and sounds of baseball. 2021 is finally here. Thank you so much for spending your off season here. We appreciate you and look forward to another year of Angels baseball with you.