Let’s bottle some of that up for the regular season, guys.
Of course in years past blasts like that would be called “Big Fly” by Victor Rojas. Yesterday the Angels finally announced his replacements, Matt Vasgersian and Daron Sutton.
Anybody here around when Daron’s dad won his 300th game in the greatest Angels hat of all time? Here’s a nice clip of Daron remembering his dad after Don’s death in January.
The offense is rolling, but how about the pitching?
I like Sandoval out of the bullpen. He seems to relax and just grip it and rip it. In a game moving more towards long relievers, he might prove to be a good one.
Eppler acquisitions still abound on the pitching staff. They throw every pitch as hard as they can and hurt themselves. I was really hoping Reyes could contribute this year.
Fangraphs did a pretty deep analysis on which rotations they think improved the most. The Angels improved a bit, Oakland and Houston got worse. Will it be enough to put us in the mix is to be determined.
Remember way back in 2018 when Shohei Ohtani showed up and we dreamed on a guy who pitched like an ace and hit like an All Star? That dream is alive and well again. Really, Spring Training this year has been all about Ohtani showing his brilliance.
If he stays healthy, we’ll see history. Babe Ruth stuff but against an insanely higher level of competition.
What’s incredible is the Angels are knocking the snot out of balls that are supposed to be deadened compared to the balls used in recent years. Did MLB really use juiced balls in 2020?
Baseball will really ramp up their efforts to use the minor leagues as an experiment ground. Robot umps, larger bases, bans on the shift and more are coming this year.
Most of this is the type of hot garbage we now expect out of Rob “Dumbass” Manfred. Must…stop…rant…. Nah, who am I kidding, in an era when people agree on very little, Rob Manfred is a uniter. Everyone agrees he sucks.
Another thing everyone enjoys: free stuff. That picture above is Big Fly Gear’s tribute to Gene Autry and the 60th season of Angels baseball. You can guarantee yourself a shirt by ordering one here. Or, take a shot at winning one. Write a fan post on your favorite big fly. Bonus points if you were there to witness it live. Winner will be decided during the Freeway Series by a vote of the staff here.
Enjoy your weekend. Enjoy some games. And, as always, link anything interesting I missed below.