LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: All-Star Game

Well, the 2021 All Star Game is this evening. As many of you probably know, Shohei Ohtani will be the American League starting pitcher for the All Star Game.  Shohei will also be the leadoff hitter for the American League.  To commemorate the event, Stephen A. Smith was under fire for a rant about Shohei Ohtani using an interpreter in his interviews. 

Max Scherzer will be the National League starting pitcher in the All Star Game. 

Pete Alonso repeated as the winner of the Home Run Derby.

Angels Draft Results

Here are the results of day 2 of the Angels 2021 Draft. 

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It looks like Kumar Rocker will be getting an over slot bonus of $6 million.

The White Sox straight-up released Adam Eaton.  He is now a free agent available for pro-rated league minimum.  

Major League Baseball made a $150 Million commitment to the Players Alliance to build more equitable systems in the sport and Increase black participation. 

The Angels 5K run will be on August 14 this year. 

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Mia
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Mia
2 years ago

Jesus Christ the uniforms the players are wearing tonight are sooo bad.

DowningDude
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Be rad if one team wore Jesus robes and the other Roman soldier uniforms

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Mia

They do indeed really suck. ASG unis often suck. I’ll see some poor schmo wearing one they bought and think “why? When you could have bought ANYTHING else, like a cool throwback.”

admkir
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2 years ago

According to Sam Blum we will have a new broadcast member on Friday but Bally hasn’t said who yet

admkir
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2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Fletcher says Rich Waltz

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

That would be a significant hire. He’s a well respected PbP guy.

steelgolf
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2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Ex- Marlins guy?

DowningDude
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2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Why do I suddenly feel like a million bucks and dancing?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  admkir

I hope it’s Don Lemon.

DMAGZ13
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2 years ago

Regarding SAS, he belongs to the pile of commentators that don’t belong to any political aisle, but rather they are shock jocks who say whatever they want to garner ratings. The problem is ESPN wants to act like they’re trying to educate and be above that, but they’re not. At least not now when these talking heads are the face of the network as opposed to Bob Ley.

What does get me upset is that our hyper partisan society automatically puts SAS into the social justice category when really he’s not part of any of that stuff, but they only do it because he’s black. SAS has never had any allegiance to it unless it’s convenient for him to get followers much like the rest of ESPN, such as Rachel Nichols terrible comments and Jeff Van Gundy. The only thing that rules is money and themselves as personalities .

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

The problem with taking someone like SAS and using the social justice label is that it detracts from the good folks who are actually fighting for social justice. SAS is only about SAS. He’s a big mouthed, sports yelling narcissist only.

Jayman28
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

So like Jamelle Hill, he probably thought she would go on a date with if he blurted out stupidity

DMAGZ13
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Yes…This right here is what bothers me the most in all this.

Fansince1971
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2 years ago

Cannot help but think passing on Rocker was a move designed to allow there to be enough money to sign as many of the draftees as possible. Rocker would have taken a good chunk of the budgeted money.

Last edited 2 years ago by Fansince1971
Angels2020Champs
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2 years ago

Got an Alonso HR ball. Super fun time. Coors field even has a park in LF and $5 kid meals so that was a pleasant surprise.

AnAngelsFan
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2 years ago

Nice. If you value a kids area at a stadium, make a trip to the River Cats in Sacramento. It has a home run derby cage for small kids, a nice playground and a water play area.

Sadly, when the Giants took over they removed the discounted kids’ meal vendor station, the bounce houses, and changed the rules so parents can’t pitch to their kids, but it’s still nice.

Angels2020Champs
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2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Thanks for the rec! Would love to check it out

2pints
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2 years ago

Is the ball signed? I saw some balls in the derby were signed by the player beforehand.

Angels2020Champs
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2 years ago
Reply to  2pints

Not signed. And not one of the red ones. I have to watch it on TV when we get home.

2pints
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2 years ago

still very cool!

FungoAle
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2 years ago

Too Awesome!

TrojanBoiler
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2 years ago

I have been wondering for the better part of a decade why Steven A Smith is employed by anyone.

A) He’s terribly obnoxious
B) He has come under fire more than once for inappropriate comments
C) He’s a moron

Angels2020Champs
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2 years ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

He’s of the any attention is good attention kind. Don’t click, watch or even type his name.

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

He has connections to famous athletes. That makes him relevant to media companies.

Jim Atkins
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2 years ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Feel the same way about Skip Bayless, Chris Russo, and quite a few more media yellers.

h27kim
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2 years ago

I kept wondering if Eaton would be a good backup OF if we have to use Lagares in RF when Trout comes back, since he could (or at least used to be able to) play defense and may still have some upside left. I wonder if that’s misguided thinking.

AnAngelsFan
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2 years ago
Reply to  h27kim

I wouldn’t just the Angels for taking a flier on him, but I also wouldn’t judge them for passing.

Turk's Teeth
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2 years ago
Reply to  h27kim

Forget the trade deadline for OF acquisition.. Time to call up Brandon Marsh – he’s looked great in his eight games back from the IL.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

It would be pure negligence to call up Marsh based on 4 games in Rookie ball and 4 games in Utah. Also, Marsh has a 37% strikeout rate in his 4 games in AAA and you have to predict that would increase against MLB pitching. Sure, he’s hitting .347 in the past 7 days, but if just 2 of his hits over that time period change to strike-outs or “just-misses” against better pitching, his average plummets to .261.

I understand focusing on other areas at the trade deadline in hopes you can call Marsh up before the Aug. 31 postseason roster deadline, but calling him up now based on a miniscule sample size is not a good idea.

You are a vastly better scout than me, but I think you’ve let your dreams get in the way of your reason on this one.

H.T. Ennis
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2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

“postseason roster deadline?”

AnAngelsFan
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2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

Players have to be added to the roster before Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason. Although come to think of it, that’s the 40-man roster, not the 26-man, so it isn’t applicable here.

Eric_in_Portland
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2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

I do believe H. is joking about “playoffs”

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago

Oh, right. I clearly did not get enough sleep last night.

Last edited 2 years ago by AnAngelsFan
H.T. Ennis
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2 years ago

I’m all for making the playoffs! Let’s do it! =)

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

Sure, why not? I mean the Angels are 5.5 games out of the wild card, barely scraping .500, and 9 of the 15 teams in the AL have better records, but Trout’s coming back.

I guess the Angels need to lose 1 more to Seattle to keep the Mariners from selling at the deadline, but then it is time for a win-streak to match Fletcher’s hit-streak. Let’s go Angels!

Twebur
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2 years ago

I’m not…..

GrandpaBaseball
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2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Good Gravy, is it not time to start testing these OFer’s that we kept in the minors. If Eaton is available it would seem a good investment as he must be a better option than Rengifo. Having Marsh brought up to replace Rojas or Ward would be a move forward.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  h27kim

I’ve wondered the same thing as I just cannot stand seeing our infielders out in right or left and I am not counting on our OFs to come back and stay healthy. Getting experience OF depth is good.

halofansince1978
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2 years ago

When we win the W/S in the next five years this draft is what we will be talking about.

benjiface
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2 years ago

Good link from Yahoo! on the SAS thing. Thanks for sharing. Abhorrent comments by SAS.

DowningDude
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2 years ago
Reply to  benjiface

his video apology was nauseating. He kept pounding on the desk or whatever and the camera kept rocking up and down. Bad looks all the way around. Just a shock-jock type similar to Jim Rome. These guys are like human dumpster fires.

benjiface
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2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

An apology that was not an apology

Jayman28
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2 years ago
Reply to  benjiface

Just him pretending to apoligize with the intent on doubling down on his ignorance