I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying the heck out of this year’s team. Spring Training is my favorite time of year and we are basically getting a second dose to wrap up the season. But the kids are facing legit MLB talent each night.
I just wish ticket prices were the same as they are in the Cactus League. And yes, I’m already looking over the Spring Training schedule in anticipation of next year.
This week Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell showed out. If this is the future…
Mike Trout is fully invested in the success of the young players. Trout and other veterans are dispensing advice, compliments, and criticism.
Adell has been playing great on both sides of the ball lately. This highlight reel catch is a thing of beauty and to me really kickstarted his nice run. That grand slam in Detroit is getting a lot of love, too, but I feel he’s been building to that moment. I’m excited to see where it goes from here.
Marsh cracked his first big league home run and followed that up with two triples yesterday.
One thing that really impressed me from these two lately, particularly Adell: the lack of chases at bad pitches. They seem to be settling down.
A major piece of the future is the rotation. Patrick Sandoval had a rough last 2 starts but gets the Tigers, Orioles, and Rangers up next. He’ll need to do better against the LA’s and Houston’s though, to really establish himself.
How hot is Shohei Ohtani? Future Hall of Famers are literally stealing his gear just to get a piece of him.
Miggy watched firsthand as Ohtani had yet another dominant performance, going 8 innings on the mound and becoming the first MLB player to reach 40 HR this year.
For real, I love the joy Miggy brings to the game. Laughing, interacting with fans, it is what baseball should be all about: fun.
The opposite of hot is Jared Walsh. Either he’s really hurt, the league adjusted to him, or likely a combination of the two. We need a good Walsh to have a deep lineup in 2022, let’s hope he figures it out soon.
Adding more talent for the future, the Angels inked Blake Seigler out of the MLB Draft league. Here’s a look at the newest Halo signee:
MLB is already lining up a Field of Dreams game for 2022. That one will pit the Cubs against the Reds. Why the rush? Last week’s game was a ratings dream for MLB and Fox, the most watched regular season game in 16 years.
I’m willing to bet at some point in the future one or more of the kids in this year’s Little League World Series will be in the big leagues. For now, I just enjoy watching the kids play. The smiles, the comraderie, the appearance of innocence.
In many ways the LLWS is all that is good about baseball. Of course, a big part of the fun is seeing the kids personalities emerge and sometimes they say some funny things.
Ambidextrous Hawaii pitcher Tyler Shindo became a social media sensation. Unfortunately he won’t be joining his team in Williamsport.
If you’d like a local-ish squad to cheer on, Torrance is the first LA County team to reach the World Series since 1994.
And the baseball gods put a nice bow on this weekend’s links for me. The Angels will play Cleveland in the Williamsport Classic on Sunday night. The uniforms for each squad will look like regional unis for the LL teams.