We are down to the final two weeks of the MLB regular season. 14 days from now we’ll be posting playoff threads and watching post season baseball.
Those threads will be for other teams as the Angels were eliminated from playoff contention for the 8th straight year on Tuesday. That’s doubly tough when you consider Mike Trout was on all 8 of those teams and Shohei Ohtani was on 5. You have to really suck to pull this off.
And although he took yesterday off, Ohtani is having an absolutely brilliant season. Here I thought he’d never be able to surpass last year.
There are some major, major questions surrounding the Angels this off season. More than any other off season I can remember.
Obviously who will buy the team is the largest question and Google is getting more and more full of rumors.
The owners of the Golden State Warriors? Should be the favorites for those wanting to go back to California Angels. How about Golden State Angels?
While we love to mock Forbes here, they explain why the team might sell for more than its estimated value. In short, Arte has mismanaged the franchise to the point its valuation is lower than it should be.
Now let’s have some fun. The Rocket City Trash Pandas are in the playoffs and my 2020 prospect crush Luke Murphy is killing it in AA.
I better be seeing this young man in Tempe next March. Hopefully in Anaheim next summer.
The Trash Pandas are 1-0 in the playoffs as I write this and have a chance to move on with a victory Thursday night.
Also kicking off in early October is the Arizona Fall League. Two weeks of games featuring the best prospects in the game. The rosters are absolutely loaded with talent.
And look at the Angels prospects getting highlighted in that piece. Not getting mentioned are these two promising bullpen pieces.
MLB will start using the new rules in the AFL. So we’ll get our first look at a lot of talent and the way the game will look next season.
I was worried the expanded playoffs for 2022 would result in a lack of down to the wire races and intensity. So far, that has been the case.
Perhaps the best thing I’ve seen around the league this year is Joey Votto sitting in the stands and watching the game with fans. That is what it is all about Joey, great job.
Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols are both chasing HR milestones. Here’s all you need to know and how to watch them. Yeah, he was a huge bust here but I’m rooting for the old man to get 700.
While I can’t always find a worth long form article, this week’s makes up for it. Take a look at the minor leaguers who spearheaded the unionization effort. That’ll take at least a cup or two of coffee to get through.
Enjoy your weekend, folks. Please link what I missed.