As many of you know, I grew up in a small Central Valley town surrounded by farms and spent much of my younger years working in them. This is the time of year when the harvest is done and you get to settle into only working 40 hours or so a week getting your equipment ready for next year and planting the occasional field.
Angels GM Perry Minasian is in a similar spot right now. 2021 is in the rear view but he needs to gear up and shoot for a better harvest next year. The Angels have not developed enough talent to field a winning team in recent years. Currently the farm system sits in the lower third of the league in most rankings. Things need to change.
Last week Minasian poached Tony Ferreira from St. Louis to oversee the farm. This week scouting director Matt Swanson was relieved of his duties.
The farm will definitely need to improve as a division rival has the best farm system in baseball per Baseball America.
Of course most of the Angels pipeline is a ways away from contributing at the big league level. So let’s start salivating over the starting pitching free agent class.
I find a lot of those names intriguing, particularly Stroman and I’d like to see Eduardo Rodriguez in the bigger ballparks in the West. And obviously Mad Max. Tell me who you want, who you really, really want.
How much cash will Perry have to play in the free agent market? The Athletic takes a look.
And while we all think about having an ace for a big October game, this postseason follows the trend of the ever decreasing role of starting pitchers in October.
Every trend has outliers and Framber Valdez delivered huge for the Asterisks in Game 5. This kid is going to be a thorn in our side for years.
Skipper Joe Maddon enters the last year of his contract in 2022. However, his picture is on the front page because he hosted a fundraising golf tournament for his charitable foundation which benefits kids. That’s the type of stuff I admire and respect.
Can’t have links without some Shohei Ohtani porn. MLB rated his top 5 home runs of the year. It was an incredible year we witnessed and I’ll always love Justin Upton’s reaction to the upper decker in Seattle.
D-Cell also had a great year. Take a look at all 34 of his saves.
I’ve had this talk with a Dodgers fan at work. Mookie Betts is great but Kike Hernandez and Alex Verdugo are powering the Sox. I know Kike wasn’t part of the trade, but is Betts really a big enough upgrade over Verdugo to justify that trade now?
Dodgers fans watching Kike Hernandez turn into a post season legend are calling it a real bummer.
The Braves are up 3 games to 1 as I type this. I think we’ve seen this before. Hopefully they finish the job this year.
In a sign of how large of an emphasis fans and media put on October vs. the 162 game season, are the current Dodgers in jeopardy of becoming the 90s Braves? It is odd that history is now looking down on one of the most dominant teams in all of sports.
The Asterisks are up on the Roid Sux 3 games to 2 but if they make it to the Series, they will be without some key players.
The amount of cheating between those two franchises could fill a book. Actually, there already is one on Houston. And a flashing light on the center field wall in Game 5 immediately led to a lot of theories.
One reason Boston is still alive is Rule V pick Garret Whitlock’s emergence as an elite reliever. The fact the Sux poached him from the MFY only adds to that rivalry.
While no super longform links, both the 90s Braves and Whitlock pieces should be long enough to get you through morning coffee.
Prefer something to watch with your morning beverage? Check out Don Sutton going for win 300 on NBC’s Game of the Week. Yes, that is the incomparable Vin Scully on the mic.
Have a great weekend. Please link what I listed below.