Shohei Ohtani continues to be the brightest light in Angels land and MLB. EastSPiN is fanning the flames of the Angels losing him already.
The Athletic breaks down the two horse race for MVP between Ohtani and Vlad Jr. The dreaded words “Triple Crown” and “playoffs” are circulating as though Miggy is in the running again. I think the voting bloc understands all around greatness a lot better now than it did a decade ago. Or hope so.
The Angel normally in the MVP discussion is Mike Trout. When will he be back? Perry Minasian said they aren’t shutting him down but they aren’t rushing him either. That’s as clear of an update as you’ll get around these parts.
The biggest news around MLB was the Field of Dreams game between the MFY and White Sox last night. The small town of Dyersville, Iowa saw its population nearly triple thanks to the game and had to do a lot of prep work.
MLB hyped this game hard. Kevin Costner came out and played catch to the Field of Dreams theme song.
It’s a good movie. It’s not Bull Durham or The Sandlot, but it definitely fills an off season evening.
Former Halo farmhand Patrick Corbin has been pretty bad the last couple of years and is owed a large amount of money over the next three. Perhaps there’s a mechanical adjustment that could fix him and make him good again. If so, would we take him if Washington was willing to eat a significant portion of that contract?
Of course baseball is being played in towns large and small now that minor league baseball is back. How is that going? Well, like all of life somewhat hit or miss.
Several franchises set attendance records over Fourth of July Others drew sellout crowds or yearly highs. But overall, despite contraction attendance across all minor league levels was down from 2019 levels going into the holiday weekend. Those numbers should look better once July figures are added in as approximately 10% of all fans to see a minor league game this year did so over the Fourth.
Around baseball, Chris Davis announced his retirement. He’ll still get the last year of his contract, it just looks like it will be spread out.
We’re at the point in the season where we can start believing in numbers. There have been some really nice surprises around MLB this year as in every other.
Lecture Time: We’ve created the best Angels site on the web because we stick to what we know and like: baseball. Yes, occasionally baseball and politics will overlap and that is unavoidable but that’s been happening too often lately and the comments have gotten a little testy. Let’s chill out on that.
A player misses time for Covid. Sucks. Let’s talk about how that impacts the team or pennant race and not go on a diatribe supporting or hating on vaccines.
Someone does go on a political or borderline rant that doesn’t fit your fancy, ignore it. Commenting generally leads to doubling down and arguments. We’re going to be more diligent on deleting these comments before they cause arguments. Keeping one there a few minutes too long or taking one down quickly isn’t us choosing sides, just us keeping the peace.
Yes, I know I fall into this trap as well. I’m going to hold myself more accountable also.
Name calling: never acceptable. Sarcasm and snark are trademarks of this community. But there’s a huge difference between that and calling people an “a hole” or other things I’ve seen this week.
This is a phenomenal community. The only thing we need to agree on is we love the Angels. It would be nice to also universally hate the Dodgers and Roid Sux, but that’s optional. Like DG’s attire during game threads. We can argue with our friends and family members over the shit that’s on the news. Let’s argue with each other over baseball here.