“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” – Jackie Robinson
Today the Angels will don 42 in memory of Jackie Robinson who played his first MLB game 74 years ago yesterday. MLB has officially retired 42 league wide. Can you remember the last Angel to wear 42?
MLB isn’t just virtue signaling with the jerseys, either. They are doing a lot more in Jackie’s honor.
And while I love Jackie’s place in baseball and American history, this is yet another of MLB’s attempts to push a narrative that isn’t really true. Moses Fleetwood Walker played major league ball over sixty years before Jackie.
Jackie definitely deserves his recognition and adoration. So does Walker.
Baseball going from somewhat integrated to racially divided and back is an interesting story. One that is touched on in a book I am finally finishing, “How Baseball Happened,” and will be discussing with the author for you soon.
Onto modern day:
Fangraphs delves into how much the Angels benefit when Ohtani hits and when he pitches. We are watching history, folks.
The Angels and the Reds are both off to hot starts. Which is more likely to keep winning? Hard not to take the team with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon here. But Cincy’s division is there for the taking.
What a bizarre road trip. Weather, injuries, fluke plays. Here’s a round up of the Angels first adventure away from Anaheim.
Looking ahead a little bit, Dylan Bundy ranks as one of the Top 10 free agents for next off season. Minasian, phone call, extension, please.
The Angels lost prospect Jose Soriano in the Rule V draft to the Pirates. They are holding onto him for now by keeping him on the IL. They won’t be able to do that forever, but they’ll likely be in last place when they activate him so consider him gone.
Last off season Carlos Rodon was non tendered by the White Sox. Wednesday night he threw a no hitter. One moved toe from Perez from being a perfecto. Then he gave a great interview that really made me a fan.
Long form reading? Not this week. Watch 42 and enjoy the great performances of Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman, who was definitely taken from us too soon.