Like many baseball fans I had circled this weekend. Spring Training games were set to start and I’d have baseball on TV while I counted down the days until my trip to Tempe.
Alas, that is not to be as games are currently canceled for at least this week. What does that mean for the regular season? Nothing good.
The two sides are meeting for hours each day but not making much progress. Hopefully a deal is struck this weekend as the owners say that come Monday regular season games will be canceled and not rescheduled.
For both fans and businesses in Florida, the lockout represents bad news. March is often the best month for bars and restaurants in Grapefruit League towns.
Meanwhile, minor league camps are in full swing in many places and about to start in others. The prospects at Pirates camp trust the MLB/MLBPA dispute will “work out” and that they will be free to pursue their MLB dreams soon.
That is a really nice piece of baseball writing. My favorite link of the week, actually.
There has been plenty of baseball on TV, however, particularly on ESPN+. Over the course of the year, EastSPiN will broadcast over 2200 games full of pings and passion. I’ve already enjoyed a few.
Most of us live in the Southern California area which features some great college baseball to go along with our great weather. I’ll be taking in a Long Beach State Dirtbags game with my family this weekend.
The Dirtbags have plenty of games on tap this Spring. Catch one live or on tv.
Perhaps UC Irvine is closer to you. I plan on checking out a game there too. Here is the Anteaters schedule.
Cal State Fullerton is trying to rebuild back into a perennial contender. They have a nice home schedule and feature on ESPN+ a few times as well.
I’ve yet to attend a college game but I’m really looking forward to it. Spending time with family and friends at the ballpark is priceless. I’m just going to change ballparks for a while.
Getting back to the Angels, the next step in the Tyler Skaggs/Eric Kay drama will be the civil lawsuits against the Angels. It will be interesting to see if a settlement is reached or if both sides want more dirty laundry aired.
FanGraphs is continuing to put out great work. First they did a piece on Brandon Marsh being a line drive machine.
Now they’ve released their top 100ish prospects. Sadly, the Angels only have one name on the list, Reid Detmers. They do project Detmers as an MLB ready starter, but a mid rotation one.
The division rival Rangers have built a nice farm lately. Their top prospect, slugger Josh Jung, underwent labrum surgery and will be out for quite some time.
I’ll give you something much better than a game to watch. Jim Abbott is amazing. His poster hung on my wall for years. I went to his book signing. I’ve been fortunate to meet him other times and now my son and him share something a little unique. Here’s a documentary on Jim.
I can not recommend Jim’s autobiography enough. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and go buy one. Preferably from a mom and pop spot, but that link will show you what it is.
I realize there are far greater issues in the world today than baseball. In keeping with baseball links and news my aim is to provide a small refuge from the news. I’m grateful we can stick our heads in the sand a bit here and discuss something as trivial as baseball. Our friends in the Ukraine can not. Let’s please keep the discussion to baseball here while we hope and pray for better news on the important matters.