MLB owners have locked out MLB players. That means no MLB signings, no trades, pretty much no nothing.
Coaching hires can still be made and it looks like the Angels are in the market for a new pitching coach.
And a former Angels coach, Brian Butterfield, could also join Showalter with the Mets if that is the direction they go.
There was one notable player signing a contract this week. Yasiel Puig is headed to the Giants. Not those ones, the ones in Korea.
Newest Angel Michael Lorenzen sat down for a nice interview with The Athletic. I’m rooting for this guy. Hope he shines, starts a family, and signs a team friendly extension that keeps him here and that baby in diapers.
Speaking of interviews, scouting legend Bob Fontaine joined me and TBW in a zoom chat this week. Definitely fire it up and listen to Bob’s stories with your morning coffee.
David Fletcher is a guy who can’t just sit still. He has to compete all the time. His latest venture is poker.
This was linked yesterday but is well worth a read. Jeremiah Jackson has wicked power for a shortstop. Let’s just hope he makes contact more often.
If there is a season, the Angels are hiring in a lot of capacities. I think I’d love to be an usher when I retire.
And while I could sit and lambast the lack of action, I think this pause gives us time to celebrate some of the players who at long last made it into the Hall of Fame. As I expect this lockout to continue a while, I’ll roll them out one or two at a time.
Buck O’neill was simply an amazing person. I can’t recommend Joe Posnanski’s book on him, The Soul of Baseball, enough.
Buck’s time in baseball spanned from Babe Ruth to the modern age. He scouted and drafted Joe Carter and Lee Smith, both of whom were emotional upon hearing the news.
In addition to being a Negro Leagues player, likely the first black scout for an MLB team, then the first coach of an MLB team, Buck’s personality managed to outshine his on field accolades.
He absolutely stole the show in Ken Burns’ Baseball. Check out his appearance on David Letterman.
Buck’s induction into the Hall of Fame is long past due. He wasn’t a HOF’er on the field, but nobody did more for to grow the game and keep the legacy of the Negro Leagues alive more than Buck. Sadly he won’t be alive to accept the honor, but check out his incredible speech at the Hall when 16 key figures of the Negro Leagues were inducted.
Enjoy your weekend and link anything I missed.