I was initially going to title today’s links “stretch run” but that doesn’t kick in until September. No, these are the dog days of summer. At least in most of the country where they have actual heat and/or humidity.
The festivities of the All Star Game are over. This being LA there was extensive coverage of the red carpet fashion show. Outside of Shohei Ohtani lacing a first pitch single, the highlight was Giancarlo Stanton absolutely destroying a baseball and winning game MVP honors. The largest stars of the game were Kershaw, Ohtani, and Stanton, all guys with LA area ties.
Nestor Cortes went full Boise State and proposed to his girlfriend after the game. About the only inning or so I watched was with Cortes on the mound and I enjoyed the conversation with his catcher.
Didn’t watch the game? Or at least not much? You weren’t alone. It was the least watched MLB All Star game on record. However, as a sign of how many viewing options we now have, it was still the most watched show of Tuesday night by a good measure and the most watched All Star game in sports.
As of the unofficial midway point of the season, Ohtani is the odds on favorite to win a second AL MVP. Seattle super prospect Julio Rodriguez made a name for himself at the Home Run Derby and is the favorite for ROY.
Speaking of Ohtani, I’ve ordered my copy of Jeff Fletcher’s book on Shohei Ohtani. And one for a winner. Check out our interview and my unofficial entrant into the contest. Please start firing up your Ohtani memories and share them with us. Jeff and I will pick a winner after the Angels road trip.
He also won an ESPY for Best Male Athlete.
The Dodgers did a first class job of hosting the All Star Game. I saw the FanFest activities at LA Live and know people who attended most of the events at Dodgers Stadium. The most important activity of note was the 2022 MLB Draft. We can thank AngelsChamps for the cover pic.
Your new Angels prospects:
Yes, you see that correctly. The Angels drafted brothers Casey Dana and Caden Dana. Pretty cool story that will be fun to follow as they progress through the minors.
First round pick Zach Neto took a tour of the Big A. Here’s what he looks like wearing Halo Red.
Last year the Angels took all pitchers. This year they mixed in pitching with power with an obvious emphasis on slugging.
That’s a lot of pop. Can’t say there’s a ton of athleticism in most of those picks, but you don’t need to run all that fast when the ball is travelling to the seats.
I’m definitely not a prospect guru but I do watch a decent amount of college ball and read a decent amount of rankings/scouting stuff leading up to the draft. I can see DiChiaria up pretty quickly. He demolished pitches in the SEC, which is clearly the best division in baseball. The glove needs the work here, not the bat.
With a young core, highly rated farm system, and payroll flexibility, the future of the Mariners looks bright. And a 22-3 run has moved them right into playoff contention. They are on a 14 game winning streak, let’s see if the break helps or hurts them.
All Star games are often full of future Hall of Famers. Who is currently on track to end up in the Hall? FanGraphs is the best.
So, let’s get to the unofficial second half of the season. Here’s a second half preview and list of all the storylines to follow as we head towards October.
Enjoy your weekend and link anything I didn’t. There was a lot to get to this week so I know I didn’t cover everything.