The Angels play a game today! It has been a long time since we’ve been able to say that.
Come back at 1 PM for a game thread. We should get one in every game. The Spring Training schedule has been revised so take a look to make sure you don’t miss a game or thread.
As always this time a year a huge THANK YOU to Rex Fregosi for the pics from Tempe. You are a blessing to this site year round and doubly so in March.
A couple of new faces will be in camp this week. Perry has taken the bullpen seriously. Pre lockout he added Aaron Loup and brought back Raisel Iglesias. This week he signed Archie Bradley followed by Ryan Tepera.
What can the Angels expect from the new guys? From Tepera, heat and sliders.
On the field, Bradley should also be a nice addition. Off the field, he’s a really funny follow on Twitter.
Spring is a great time to get acquainted with the new faces in camp. Here’s a really nice piece on shortstop candidate Andrew Velazquez and his baseball journey. That’s the longform reading for this week.
This is pretty cool:
And it wouldn’t be Spring Training without an Angels pitching injury. Griffin Canning, come on down. He’s headed to the 60 day IL.
Ahh, the optimism of Spring. I love it. My favorite time of year. So I’ll just leave this here:
Thor, Ohtani, Lorenzen, Sandoval, Suarez, Barria. Not half bad, especially if Sandoval and Suarez pitch like they did last year. And it allows Reid Detmers to fully develop and serve as first man up.
Iglesias, Loup, Tepera, Bradley, Warren, Buttrey, Junk looks a ton better than a group that included Claudio, Guerra, Slegers, and Cishek last year.
And don’t forget my prospect crush Luke Murphy will soon join the big club.
The Earth shattering news this week came out of the NL West. First the Rockies went full Rockies and handed Kris Bryant $182 million to remain a fourth place team. Later that night, the Dodgers added Freddie Freeman for $160 million to form one of the greatest lineups every assembled. Meanwhile, the Giants quietly upgraded with Joc Pederson and Matthew Boyd.
Can you go home again? Zack Greinke is headed back to Kansas City. He talked about the reunion on MLB Network.
There’s also a tournament of some sort going on. Ah, who am I kidding, it is March Madness! And I absolutely love it. Hope your bracket is doing well. I actually didn’t do one this year.
Post all the baseball stuff I missed below as well as your Final Four and ultimate NCAA champion.