Happy belated birthday to Bobby Grich. Beyond the Box Score celebrated with this article about whether he should be in the Hall of Fame.
Seemingly to rebut my griping yesterday about the two international outfielders, Fox Sports: MLB puts the pitching acquisitions into perspective.
The Angels allegedly had an interest in signing Kris Bryant before the lockout. I wonder why, personally.
This is the 2010 edition of “The Angels Suck At Drafting.”
Here is an interview of Genevieve Beacom by MLB tonight.
Although points of agreement have been scarce between the MLBPA and Major League Baseball, the universal designated hitter seems to be an idea that has mutual approval at face value.
Dylan Bundy just got called a “heartbreaking prospect flop.”
This link defies ready description. It is Albert Pujols down in the Dominican League, I can say that much. I think he was getting sexually harassed.
Francisco Liriano just announced his retirement. Melky Cabrera is also retiring. Meanwhile Anibal Sanchez wants to make a comeback.
University of Missouri pitching coach Brian DeLunas passed away at the age of 46.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi
meanwhile…the Hall of Fame voting is interesting. Andruw Jones is at about 49%. I never thought he was a Hall of Famer. He hit .300 once, had one pretty good year that screams steroids. A .254 career hitter, 111 OPS+. Oh well. Anyway, he won’t make it, at least not this year. Artificially Big Papi continues to lead as voters look the other way.
steelgolf suggests the deadlock could be over in 3 weeks. I could live with that. Get it done! steelgolf, I hope you’re right!
I hope it can, real money will start being involved, money that may not be able to be recouped. My timeline is a sort of last second agreement before any real monies start being lost in spring training and the season. Though from what I read somewhere, the owners are fully against shortening the time to reach free agency or shortening the time to reach arbitration.
I hope you’re right but I’m not booking any trip out to Tempe.
Gut feeling: We start Spring Training about 10 days late, first week of Spring training games are scratched, rosters are at 28 guys for the first month of the regular season to mitigate injuries.
I just think they’ll go right to the brink of losing money.
Already booked mine, unfortunately.
Huge Bobby Grich fan here ever since I was a kid and he signed my program just before going 5 for 5 against Ron Guidry in the late 70s. A wonderful man – have run into him numerous times since and he never disappoints. Happy Birthday!
Come on already. Bobby Grich is now 73 years old. The Veterans committee needs to stop dickin’ around and get this done while he’s still with us.
Grich will first come up in 2023 with the Modern Baseball committee (Today’s Game is next year).
I’ve run into him a couple of times. Always cool.
Had he stayed in the AL East, he’d have been in the Hall a long time ago.
Had he played for the Yankees, with his smile and sexy dude mustache, he’d have been in already with 1/4 of his stats tied behind his back.
Bobby Grich was a helluva football player, QB. I played against him at UCLA in an intramural game as a freshman. At the time, I don’t think a pro baseball player could play college football. Anyway, I remember he torched me for about a 60 yard TD pass, a laser and later on, he ran over me on a QB keeper. We were all amazed that this guy was playing against us and not USC or somebody. Later that year, he won the IM championship at Spalding Field. I was walking behind Coach Prothro and JD Morgan after the game. I heard JD say something like he’s the best QB on campus and he’s not even playing football.
Maddon and Bryant sittin’ in a tree…
*no surpirse the Angels are interested – he’d make the club better,and then his acquisition would make Walsh/Adell/Marsh available for a Pitching/middle infield trade.
Focusing on JUST the next two years: which of these four players will contribute the most to getting Trout/Ohtani to playoffs?
In a world with unlimited money, maybe?
He isn’t much better than Walsh (though Walsh has some right/left split issues) with the bat – and his WAR gets the bump by position.
Cost is a factor, both in money for Bryant but the opportunity costs in not using that money to address other issues. He is going to be quite expensive for a 1B or OF – and not elite at either position.
That would be my dream right there. Trade Adell for a pitcher OR shortstop and have Bryant. Hell, I’d even take a Joc/Ward platoon (as I stated in my offseason piece).
Could you imagine a Marsh, Trout, Ohtani, Rendon, Bryant, Stassi, Walsh, SS, Fletcher lineup?