Stuff is expensive. You might have heard. Or maybe you bought something. But that’s not the inflation I’m talking about.
Rob Manfred really inflated the progress between MLBPA and MLB owners. He says he anticipates a full season. His statement that the union and owners had agreed on a draft lottery and the universal DH, however, was blowing smoke. Each side has proposed the DH and lottery, but nothing’s actually been agreed.
But the lockout isn’t Manfred’s fault, just ask Rob Manfred.
The owners will present a core economics proposal to the union tomorrow. I’m hoping it is a meaningful good faith effort towards a deal but I’m also hoping my hairline stops receding and there’s no signs of either happening.
In the meantime, “the status of spring training is no change” per commissioner dumbass. Camps are closed, spring training home cities are in limbo, and nobody can make plans. Particularly me.
I was all for the universal DH until I realized this:
Sadly, the most Angels centric news comes out of Texas where Eric Kay stands trial accused of selling Tyler Skaggs pills that killed him.
We are doing our best to keep the page up to date and even bring in some Rev takes on it. However, we aren’t there and the best sources I’ve found are Sam Blum and TJ Quinn on Twitter. Those links take you right to them.
Quinn is really hitting it out of the park, IMO, and it sounds like this trial is going to be really tough on Skaggs family.
When baseball is played again, the epic battle between pitchers and hitters will resume. FanGraphs does a great job of looking at the huge advantage a pitcher gains by getting a first pitch strike. Not necessarily throwing it in the zone, but getting ahead 0-1.
In the “that’s way too young” category, former CSU Fullerton Titan and MLB’er Jeremy Giambi passed at way at 47.
Sorry about the short links, folks. Without looking at a calendar I assumed this coming Monday was President’s Day and made plans with the family. Just learned today that it is not President’s Day. So I’m trying to do two days worth of work in one. I swear I’m not going senile, ha ha.
Enjoy your weekend and please link anything I missed.