Good morning Angels fans! How are you today?
Optimism about Shohei Ohtani is on the rise again. Not just Deadspin, Fangraphs is excited. I want to believe! Oh, oh, oh Ohtani!
Angels are hoping that team chemistry helps get the most out of the players. But phrasing it as ‘banking on’ makes it sounds more like crossing fingers. Really should not use that if you wanted optimism, OCR.
Despite what you think of Jo Adell the prospect, Jo Adell is a great human. At a time where African American baseball players are getting more focus with the Negro Leagues celebration and upgraded to MLB status, current players and youth from this demographic is still not represented largely due to cost. Jo Adell and more than 150 players have raised millions to get these kids an opportunity to play.
MLB.com has their Top 30 prospect lists out and the Angels’ one is rather telling. Marsh and Detmers made the MLB Top 100. But hey, at least 15/30 are pitchers this time!
Effectively Wild has released their preview for the Angels. Also the Royals, if you are interested in that I guess.
Remember when Manfred said the ball would change? Well Blake Snell has noticed. The ball isn’t going as far and the seams are thicker.
538 has difficulties projecting 2021 due to the weird 2020 season. Which, if true, makes the other predictions also more unreliable than usual.
Baseball is back at the Olympics this year, but you can’t go see them live. Japan has banned foreign spectators for the Olympics. Since the 2024 Paris Olympics won’t have Baseball, the next time you can watch Olympic Baseball in person is in 2028 in Los Angeles.
Zack Greinke continues to be odd. He apparently sat in on Odorizzi’s arbitration hearing in 2018. This is despite Odorizzi being on the Rays at the time. Greinke wanted to know the process. They share the same agent which is why this was even possible.
Want sad news? The 2021 World Baseball Classic was supposed to start already. Scheduled for March 9th-23rd 2021. Won’t happen of course. It won’t happen again until 2023 now.
Remember knuckleballers? Well Baltimore has one and are showing him off. That is so beautiful…
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