My dad passed along a healthy love of baseball, boxing, and Motown to me. So enjoy a little Marth and the Vandellas as you scroll through the links. When it comes to the heat, there will be nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide this weekend.
The Angels have been hot this week, kicking the crap out of the AL East with a sweep of Toronto and a series win against the MFY. That’s a 5-1 record over the last six games. Are we allowed to do that?
Shohei Ohtani and Aaron Judge are both hot. On Wednesday Ohtani became the first player in MLB history to have 30 HR and 10 wins in a season.
Ohtani’s three run bomb off Gerrit Cole proved to be the game and series winner. If only Cole still had his SpiderTack….
Now let’s get into some more crazy history about Ohtani. He’s the first Japanese born player with multiple seasons of 30+ HR. And then this is just ridiculous.
In the opposite dugout as Ohtani made history was Aaron Judge who is having a truly great series. Will he beat Maris legitimate HR record of 61? Take a look at the pace others were on at this point.
My personal take is that if you put Ohtani in the Yankees stadium and protect him with the Yankees lineup he probably hits 50 home runs. But you can’t put Aaron Judge on a mound anywhere in the universe and get an ace.
Hopefully Ohtani’s brilliance is enough to overcome the east coast writers bias and he wins another MVP. If so, there will be dancing in the streets of OC.
Also hot at the moment, all year really, is the AA affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama. And the contributions are coming from all over. Maitan has gone from stud to afterthought to something resembling a prospect again.
Another bright light this week was Kyren Paris. Take a look at this debut.
Not to be outdone, the Inland Empire 66ers are closing in on a division title. And they are getting some help in the form of Angels starter Michael Lorenzen tonight.
I sat down for a chat with 66ers closer Kenyon Yovan this week. He has one of the most interesting back stories I’ve come across. Please give that interview a look/listen this weekend.
From around the league, the Baltimore Orioles are the feel good story of the summer. But why are their playoff odds so low?
Kind of crazy how Boston released him right before his steroid test became public. Same thing they were able to do with Marlon Byrd a few years back. Goes right in line with having a team employee write the Mitchell Report.
On to better news, the Cactus League schedule is out. I’m looking at Angels at Dodgers on Friday the 10th then Team USA in the WBC either Saturday or Sunday.
The WBC? Team USA keeps getting more and more stacked. An Ohtani led Japan will be tough. The DR is always tough. I can’t wait.
But if you are trying to combine Spring Training with the WBC expect huge crowds at games that weekend and book your lodgings early. Keep in mind places like Maryvale (Brewers) and Surprise (Rangers/Royals) and Goodyear (Reds/Guardians) rarely get packed.
Enjoy your weekend and try to stay cool. I’ll be staying cool in Crypto Arena for the Ruiz vs. Ortiz fight on Sunday. It should be a good card top to bottom for those wanting a break from baseball.
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