Turk Wendell gave a tooth necklace to Taijuan Walker who, like Wendell, also wears number 99. Will Taijuan wear it during games? Wendell was philosophical on the topic of his number not being retired. Obviously, there are no hard feelings.
Albert Pujols Links
Albert Pujols is open to the possibility of going back to the Cardinals after 2021. There is no word on what the Cardinals think of that. As we all knew, Albert Pujols is very aware of the effect continuing his career would have on his counting stats. Will he get enough at bats to collect another 38 home runs?
Internal Crashing Links
The Angels defeated Texas yesterday 6 – 2. Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and Jose Iglesias all went 0-fer. The start of the AAA baseball season is delayed by at least a month. Meanwhile, if this is like an ordinary year, all those minor league guys don’t get paid for spring training.
Links From Around Baseball
In-game video access will be back this year. What could go wrong? Gio Gonzalez has a minor league deal with the Marlins. He is invited to major league spring training. Meanwhile, the Royals are bringing back Jarrod Dyson. Jose Alvarez is probably going to the Giants. The Angels were not among the teams on hand at the Yoenis Cespedes showcase. That’s a relief. The Rockies cannot afford to extend Trevor Story. Baseball while blindfolded? Cue the Yakety Sax. Gavin Newsom says the State of California is on track to be able to have fans attend baseball on opening day.
Injuries and Surgeries
Astros pitcher Framber Valdez is out with a finger injury. The finger is broken. Aaron Boone will undergo surgery to have a pacemaker installed, while Jon Lester will have surgery to remove his thyroid gland. Both of these guys have a scary medical history. Finally, Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro tested positive for COVID-19. He’s earned himself a timeout.
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