It is always great to honor a great man and that is what we do this weekend. As we take time to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King’s great work, let’s catch up on baseball a bit.
On Wednesday I was hopeful of a meaningful conversation between the owners and the players union. The two sides are just weeks away from sunny skies, money rolling in, and afternoons on the golf course. You’d think that would motivate them to make a deal.
Well, once again the owners came to the players with a proposal. And once again the players didn’t like it. The players then responded with…nothing.
I didn’t expect a deal to be made at one meeting. I did expect a conversation to begin. See, conversations lead to understanding which leads to deals. Thus far the owners have presented numerous proposals. The union has presented zero. This is a one sided conversation and those solve nothing.
However, look at that second to last sentence. A counter proposal from the MLBPA would make this a real conversation. Once that happens, I’ll feel like we’re on the way to a season.
I’ve been looking at the Cactus League schedule for weeks now waiting to plan my trip. Once I take my Dad to the Cubs ballpark we’ll have hit every one together. Don’t screw this up, players and owners.
If they you’re thinking of a later trip to Spring Training, March 24th looks like a great day. Catch the Angels at Camelback vs. the White Sox then cruise down the street to watch a nightcap of Brewers at the Padres. Lots of food around the Padres ballpark to fill in the time.
Lockout, smackout. Perry isn’t letting some work stoppage get in his way. The Angels signed Magneuris Sierra and Kyle Barraclough to minors deals, cornering the market on difficult to type names.
Kyle has a league average fastball with an above average spin rate. His problem has been the long ball.
Once the season does resume (I’m typing it into existence) some players coming off very disappointing 2021 seasons need to rebound. But can they? Anthony Rendon made that list. Very nice read and your longform reading this week.
Wasn’t I talking about Patrick Sandoval as a solid rotation piece a couple of days ago? The Athletic named him as a potential break out candidate in 2022.
Want to hang out with David Fletcher and support a great cause? You can do that next Thursday at the very nice Seal Beach Country Club. There are other VIPs attending but not yet named. Probably a few Angels. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting David a few times, you won’t be disappointed.
Who will be calling those games? We have an answer.
We write a lot about numbers here. FanGraphs just found a platoon split I’d never heard of and I bet you haven’t either.
Ever wonder who the WAR leader is by position? I found it.
I can’t let this links segment go without discussing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. His work made our nation and all our lives better. We honor his life and work on Monday.
Dr. King was inspired by Jackie Robinson. The two were friends and civil rights icons. If there’s one thing that should stand as baseball’s enduring legacy, it should be the positive impact it has and continues to have in bringing people together.
You can be any height, weight, color, gender, or nationality. Either you can hit the curve or you can’t. Maybe you can throw one. Baseball is the great equalizer and families spending time together playing and watching the game is a beautiful thing.
Enjoy the long holiday weekend. Thank you Martin Luther King Jr. for all you did for this great nation. We are all better for your life and service. RIP.