Welcome to the LA Angels Thursday News Crash. In our top story today, you have the right to free speech, as long as you are not dumb enough to actually try it. A bunch of guys in the Phillies system are apparently being reprimanded for protesting the conditions in their minor league lifestyle.
Females Moving Up
Here is an an interesting story about female Head Groundskeepers; something of a rarity in the sport. It’s not every day you hear someone say “I’m tweaking my grass and making sure my maintenance programs are set.”
Jessica Mendoza and Melanie Newman will do the first all female ESPN broadcast of a Major League Baseball game. It is not yet known which teams will be playing.
Bad First Pitch
Conor McGregor tried out for worst ceremonial first pitch ever. Sorry Conor, you didn’t bean a photographer so you lose.
Links From Around Baseball
Amidst the ongoing wave of firings, Nationals Assistant General Manager Sam Mondry-Cohen decided to quit, effective the end of the season. Of course, everybody’s still watching to see if Jayce Tingler or Bobby Dickerson get canned.
Jesus Sanchez of the Marlins made a bare handed catch in the outfield. Here is every angle.
Meanwhile Jake Arrieta just got designated for assignment by the Padres.
Tommy Lasorda’s wife Jo just died.
Former Angels farmhand Jake Faria just elected free agency after clearing outright waivers.
Kevin Kiermaier got plunked yesterday and the benches cleared in what was obviously a follow up to the scouting card Kiermaier picked up and kept. Reliever Ryan Borucki and Jays pitching coach Pete Walker were both ejected. I guess we find out about the suspensions tomorrow.
The 2021 AZ Fall League Schedule
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi