Why, yes, that is the most clickbaity headline I’ve ever written. But it is true. Baseball is coming, just not of the MLB variety. At least not yet.
Eight days ago the players were underwhelmed by the owners proposal. They promised to respond quickly with their own proposal. Crickets.
Don’t worry, the players are preparing to prepare a proposal and should be presenting that sometime in the near but not immediate future.
But there will be baseball next weekend. The 2022 Caribbean Series kicks off in the baseball hotbed of the Dominican Republic.
I’ve often watched those games and thought of how much fun it would be to attend. It will be very easy to attend in 2024. No passport needed as the Caribbean Series will be played in Miami.
No matter where he goes or what he does, Taylor will always be remembered here for being the starting pitcher in the Tyler Skaggs no hitter.
I like the guy so much I’m going to wish him luck, even as a Red Sox. He’s just that good of a guy.
There’s a lot of MLB news to get to. Yesterday MLB nixed Tampa Bay’s plans for a split home schedule with Montreal.
This plan was a bit more complex than it appears on the surface. The city of Tampa had proposed to help build a stadium in Ybor City while the Rays built a similar ballpark in Montreal. The team would split the season playing in each ballpark and, I’d imagine, secure broadcasting deals in each city.
Rays ownership calls the news “deflating” and local leaders are now left to figure out how to make this work.
Honestly, my first thought was that Montreal was a lateral move from Tampa: low attendance, bad ballpark, crappy turf. But, as others on the staff brought to my attention, Montreal had good attendance for years and a new ballpark would have been built. I’m changing my tune. MLB screwed up.
In other beleaguered franchise news, the City of Oakland approved an environmental review and the A’s took a step closer to a beautiful downtown ballpark.
The A’s are proposing more than just a ballpark. 3000 housing units, office space, retail, parks. This looks like it would be a very nice development and I honestly prefer the A’s stay here. My sister takes my nieces and nephews to games here and I think many more families would support a new ballpark in better developed area.
This is an Angels themed site and I haven’t yet mentioned them. Well, the Angels had a nice international signing period picking up two top 50 prospects. I also like the mix of players.
The highest rated player on that list is Nelson Rada. He netted a signing bonus of $1.8 million then sat down for an interview with The Athletic.
I’ve been finding more old school Angels stuff on YouTube than looking for longform reading. Please tell me which you prefer and I’ll lean that way. I’m aiming for a bit of both, to be honest.
Here’s a clip that couldn’t be more late 80s/early 90s. Enjoy the guitar riff open, the Winston sign during the home run, and the old Big A configuration. Here’s a 1991 tribute to my favorite Angel.
Have a great weekend. Please link what I missed.
I’ve posted this before, but I finally got to meet my boyhood hero a couple of years ago. Definitely a memory I cherish. We had a good laugh about our last names being homonyms and talked about baseball.