7 weeks from today there is a full slate of Cactus League games scheduled, including the Angels opener. 49 days. Tick, tock.
What is left to do? Sign free agents, make trades, and finalize the coaching staff. And then there’s a minor league squad that needs to be filled.
You’d think with 30 MLB teams needing to accomplish so much and with players in jeopardy of missing preparation time and money there would be round the clock negotiations to end the lockout.
Nah. Neither side is pushing for meetings and none are scheduled for a few weeks. As Jeff Passan tweeted, what the F are we doing?
Media outlets are reporting talks are about to get serious but there’s a lot to be done. We’re talking about the core economics of the game, not some changes around the fringe.
This is a failure of leadership by both parties. With good faith negotiations over the last couple of years, we’d have a CBA in place.
I’m not booking my Spring Training trip. But I think I’ll be making a trip out there in late March after the season starts two weeks late.
Plenty of places are wondering if the season will start on time. The Athletic pegs the odds of that at 85%.
In actual news, the Angels have hired Phil Nevin and Bill Haselman for the coaching staff. Benji Gil will return and Adam Eaton should be next after the lockout is lifted.
I might have a few extra bucks to spend each month now that the New York Times has purchased The Athletic. Overall I like the quality of work at the NYT but let’s see if it turns into another East Coast centric sports blog.
Enough of the doom and gloom, though. This is the time of year when I really look forward to the blue skies, freshly cut grass, and sunshine of some day baseball in Tempe.
Here’s a great find on YouTube, the Angels ’62; a documentary on the 1962 Angels. Notice the team playing in Chavez Ravine and all the day games. I also love the uniforms and the letterman’s sweater look of the broadcasters.
No long form reading. Watch that documentary with your morning coffee. Bonus points for any stories of this team or the players on it in the comments.
And here’s a great debate courtesy of FanGraphs: Did Bobby Abreu have a better MLB career than Ichiro Suzuki? The numbers say it is actually pretty close.
Enjoy your weekend and please link anything I missed below.