The biggest news in Angels land came from a federal courthouse in Texas yesterday. Eric Kay is guilty on two felony counts relating to the death of Tyler Skaggs. He now heads to sentencing in June and faces at least 20 years in federal prison.
The case moved quickly and had a myriad of developments, all of them bad for all involved. John Henry did a great summation in the links Wednesday.
His title that day was fittingly “Opiod Crisis.” America as a whole is facing this crisis and baseball is not insulated from it. Just how prevalent is opiate abuse in baseball? That’s a legitimate question. And one we probably won’t like hearing the answer.
After confessing to providing pills to Skaggs, Matt Harvey faces a possible MLB suspension. Given his play and attitude, this should amount to nothing.
For their part, the Angels released a statement saying they were saddened by the testimony and that Skaggs addiction was “hidden away.”
I’m trying really hard not to let these links be another bout of baseball induced depression but that is hard. We should be enjoying Rex Fregosi’s great pictures of guys stretching and playing catch. We should be looking forward to games in a few days. Some of us should have travel plans for Tempe.
Alas, the MLB owners and MLBPA did exchange some things yesterday and the key negotiators did stick around to talk off to the side. Reports are that little progress was made.
There is some conflicting information on the next step. ESPN says the next round of talks are slated for next Thursday. However, SI is saying the two camps will talk Monday.
According to that SI article, a deal by February 28th would still allow the season to start on time. That would be a 28 day Spring Training then Opening Day. Hopefully this creates a sense of urgency. Hopefully.
The owners do have the ability to lift the lockout and let camps begin. They won’t because then the players could strike at any moment, giving them the upper hand in negotiation.
Personally, I’m not renewing any ticket plan until a new CBA is in place. I’d be a fool to plunk down cash on games that may or may not happen.
Let’s end these links on a happier note.
Most of us loved watching Torii Hunter play. He’s now taken his passion for playing and great smile to the business world.
When baseball does start, one of the most intriguing names on the board is Seiya Suzuki. FanGraphs tries to project how he’ll be in MLB. I think he’s going to be really good.
Here’s every out of Weave’s no hitter; a game I can brag I attended. Look at that great pay at third by Mark Trumbo.