Really a scatterbrain week here. The World Series is on, but even then Shohei Ohtani was in the spotlight receiving a prestigious award. What he did last year was beyond incredible and left viewers amazed. We’ve seen every home run, now look at every stolen base by Ohtani.
The biggest team related news came off the field. Sadly, the Angels will be in the news all winter. Tyler Skaggs death has launched both criminal and civil proceedings. The criminal one is set to get underway in Fort Worth starting November 8th.
The civil suit is getting more interesting. Erick Kay, the defendant in the criminal case, and longtime Angels staffer Tim Mead have been dismissed as defendants in that case.
Mead’s possible knowledge of the opiate bros has been the subject of a lot of debate around here. For his part, Mead is issuing stern denials through his attorney.
Thankfully we have an experienced attorney on staff to help us navigate the ins and outs of this story. Charles Sutton is breaking down the recent developments and will keep breaking down the legalese into something we can understand.
And while the death of an athlete and multimillion dollar lawsuits make for high theater, in reality this is just baseball again emulating real life. I’ve personally known two friends to die from opiate overdoses and seen another close friend lose his 21 year old son to an imitation pill that was really fentanyl. This stuff is scary.
At the conclusion of the World Series, teams will issue Qualifying Offer’s of just over $18 million for one year to a handful of top notch free agents. Who is likely to get one? And what would the penalty be for the Angels, or any other team, to sign one?
One free agent the Angels won’t be in on is Albert Pujols. He enjoyed a bit of a career renaissance up north, finally accepting the role he wouldn’t here, and plans on playing again in 2022. I’m not going to hate on the guy. He loves the game and wants another year or two. As long as it isn’t here, great.
The World Series? Oh, yes, the white hatted Atlanta Braves are tied up 1-1 with the black hatted Astros in the 2021 World Series. Take a look at 5 key questions after the first two games.
Here’s a great, humorous look at The Haters Guide to the 2021 World Series. Warning, plenty of foul language in that one.
Morton is out for Atlanta, McCullers was already out for Houston. At this point, what do the rotations look like for the three game set this weekend?
One name likely to see some extended action is Braves prospect Tucker Davidson, who received a late night call he was headed to the Series.
I simply couldn’t do links this week without this:
And congratulation to friend of the site Taylor Blake Ward on his first published novel. I’ve already ordered one, and you can pick one up yourself here.
Have a great weekend and let’s go Braves!