That good looking crew up there is AngelsChamps2020, me, Steelgolf, and Rahul going from left to right. We caught the Angels/MFY game on Wednesday and had a great time. Much thanks to Champs for putting the day together.
If there ever was a year to not care about the standings and simply enjoy a game with friends it is this one. And if you can make it to the ballpark tonight, you can catch Ohtani on the mound against Texas.
Yes, I wish the Angels record was better, but I’d rather be in the stands with family and friends watching a .500 squad than stuck at home watching a juggernaut.
Hopefully soon we can get the best of both worlds and be in the park watching a winner.
One big reason for hope of a winner is Brandon Marsh.
Personally, I’d love to see him leading off at the Big A for the next decade, setting the table for Trout and Rendon to drive in, then patrolling center. However, it is no secret the Angels also need young, talented pitching ASAP and Marsh is exactly the type of trade chip who can get it. That presents a bit of a dilemma.
One thing we talked about yesterday was Justin Upton’s future with the club. He’s below average with both the bat and the glove. It doesn’t make sense to put him in left over Adell, nor should he take DH duties away from Ohtani. He’s a man with a big contract but no clear fit on next year’s squad, barring a trade of Marsh or Adell.
Last year Jo Adell struggled mightily. This year he’s doing better but still not a plus player on either side of the ball. . Our division rivals are seeing the same early struggles with Jarred Kelenic. The development of these two should impact the division race for years to come.
And with 2021 now definitely not a playoff year, let’s focus on draft order for 2022. Currently the Angels slot 14th but there’s only 3 games separating 12 and 15.
Its never too early to look at the prospects for next year’s draft. Andruw Jones’ kid is expected to go early and IMG Academy looks to be a baseball factory.
The most enjoyable thing right now is Shohei Ohtani. EastSPiN asked if he’s having the greatest season of all time. I’d say, yes. His competition is integrated, cultivated from around the world, sifted through 6 layers of minor league development in search of millions. Ruth’s was not any of those things.
CBS is saying the MVP race in the AL is basically over. I have to agree. At this point, let’s witness a little more history then dial him back to preserve his health.
One of my favorite things about baseball is how open it is to everyone. You can be tall, short, rich, poor, any shade under the sun. But can you hit the curve ball? Because that’s what truly matters.
And now baseball has finally joined so many other sports leagues by having an openly gay player, Bryan Ruby. That link is worth a read to see the great work Billy Beane is doing to help keep young players comfortable in their own skin as they pursue their MLB dreams.
And for the first time in two years, the baseball world will assemble in Cooperstown to induct a new class into the Hall of Fame. For Jeter, Simmons, and Walker it has been a long wait that is finally over.