Dylan Bundy is still good. That’s a relief. Both of the Iglesii made MLB’s All-Underrated Team. Here is the MLB Trade Rumors analysis of the Angels offseason. Shohei Ohtani gave up a home run over the weekend. He claims to be excited nevertheless.
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The Mariners cannot escape the injury bug this spring. Roenis Elias has suffered a serious arm injury, although just how serious remains to be seen. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals is day to day with a calf injury. Padres catcher Austin Nola has a fractured finger thanks to a foul tip. There’s no telling at the moment when he will be able to play again. The Yankees are having wrist issues this year. Miguel Andujar is merely experiencing soreness while Robinson Chirinos’ wrist is straight up fractured. Nick Markakis retired. All right. Just how well done was this steak? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Bundy will be the starter on opening day.
which makes sense. Did we sign an ace? No? Then our best pitcher from last year should be the opening day starter.
Not only that, but I heard he once scored four touchdowns in one game.
Are we going to have a prediction round?
We have the givens (Trout – CF, Upton – LF, Pujols – DH (or bench), Walsh – 1B, Fletcher – 2B, Iglesias – SS, Rendon – 3B, Stassi/Suzuki – C) leaving RF and the bench with open questions for position players.
Is that Fowler, Rengifo, the other C, and Ward? Does Jay, Lagares, Schebler, Barretto, Thaiss, Mayfield force a spot? At whose expense? I think it is safe to say Adell and Marsh start in the minors (for who knows how long).
Rotation is Bundy, Canning, Heaney, Quintana, Cobb, Ohtani.
Bullpen is Iglesias, Buttrey, Claudio, Mayers, and then I have ?s. Spots for 2 of Sandoval; Barria, Slegers, Pena, Suarez, Bard, Keller? Does Yan, C-Rod, Rivera push for a spot?
Would love to see the site management polled on this? Or just everyone?
I don’t know if many if any of the fringe players (or even Fowler) have impressed me as much as some of the guys I am sure won’t make the roster in 2021 (Jeremiah Jackson, Chris Rodriguez, Detmers, for example).
Do you guys still want a “Rate Perry’s Off Season Moves” thread for the members? The staff already did their ratings in that other post a couple of weeks ago.
That isn’t really what I was thinking. More ‘who makes the 26-man team’ and who gets sent to AAA or packing, based on ST.
There is a “Roster Guide” article in the queue of articles for during Spring Training. It just hasn’t been written yet. It is to be kind of a who’s who of the stars and not-so-stars we are seeing this spring. Their eventual fate would be a logical portion of it.
Should we take a poll to see if we want a poll? because my answer would be yes
Why does this years Spring Training seem so weird to me. I think that it is the length of the games. I still do not understand what the theory to short games is.
I still contend it is a product of Covid restrictions – not having a bunch of extra players on stand by just in case – focused more on a specific number of pitchers, pitching a given number of pitches. More practice, less simulated game environment.
they don’t have the extra minor leaguers in camp to finish games
Nick Markakis retired, what a fine career he had. Played RF as well as anyone. Good luck in retirement Nick.
That’s pretty cool about both of our Iglesii!
It’s been a long time since we’ve had two guys make the same positive hypothetical lineup at the same time.
Here are some pictures from two games this Spring: Mar 5 (A’s) and Mar 11 (Giants) . Even though I miss attending the practices this year, I can’t complain about the games I got to see – both games had great weather, featured pretty much the starting line-up, and even got to see Shohei’s first pitching outing at Hohokam.
Besides the mask and social distancing situation, everything else felt pretty normal.
Excellent pictures as always. Thank you for sharing.