The Angels close out 2021 at 77-85. Shohei Ohtani had a gala of a season and will ostensibly be named the AL MVP after the ink dries on the postseason. In what seems to be a follow-up to earlier comments, Ohtani is “very open” to negotiating an extension with the Angels, a statement that may provide a sigh of relief to all Halo fans.
The playoff picture is set, and no additional games will be required. Enjoy (or not) Yankees-Red Sox on Tuesday, with the added bonus of a Statcast broadcast on ESPN2 should you want to avoid the traditional ESPN crew. Cardinals-Dodgers is on Wednesday, so if you do want to see playoff baseball in Southern California, like usual, you can pick up a ticket to Dodger Stadium.
The ALDS starts Thursday and the NLDS starts Friday.
The Angels will be picking 13th in the 2022 MLB Draft. This makes sense, as it’s hard to argue the Halos had a poorer season than anyone ahead of them in the draft. But some of us love misery, so feel free to make arguments in the comments below.
Kyle Seager has been a Mariners mainstay, and although his most famous moment to Angels fans might be the Jered Weaver incident, it will be weird to not see him donning Seattle’s colors. He left the game to standing ovation Sunday.
Ryan Zimmerman also got a warm reception from the Nationals faithful in what was probably his final game. Between he and Alex Avila, who is retiring, it’s always fascinating to see the juxtaposition of a team who is out of contention and is seeing out the season and a team who needs that win.
Enjoy the postseason!
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