Missing the playoffs for an eighth straight year means some heads needed to roll. Those heads are never at the top of the organization, Arte’s friends are set.
No word yet on Gallego’s future but he will be with the Angels in some capacity. I’ll reach out to him to see if I can figure out where. He’s back in Scottsdale enjoying his new granddaughter.
If you missed my interview with Gallego this season catch it here.
All news regarding the Angels will start and finish with Shohei Ohtani for a while. Back in Japan he said he had a negative impression of the Angels this year. Trade speculation is going nuts.
In some good news both Luis Rengifo and Brandon Marsh are finalists for gold gloves.
And the official site takes a look at five rising prospects in a farm system they categorize as “on the rise.”
That’s about it for Angels news. Now for news around the league…
The playoffs are fun, they are exciting, but make no mistake they are still a crapshoot.
So while the Dodgers have some changes to make this off season, Roberts won’t be one of them.
I think we all loved it when the Padres beat the loathed Dodgers. The NLCS is tied at one game apiece after a thrilling game 2 in SD. I can’t go this entire piece without linking this mammoth shot from Schwarber in game one.
I’ll be rooting for the winner of this series regardless of which squad wins the ALCS.
Speaking of teams we hate, the Astros continued success means Houston haters are running out of ammo per SI. Maybe. We also thought the Patriots stopped cheating after SpyGate only to learn they were cheating with soft footballs that were easier to catch and harder to fumble. So let’s give it a few years before we say they’ve stopped cheating.
But at least Bob Kraft finally found true love at 81 years old. The old guy always did love a happy ending.
The Astros saga illustrates what I consider to be a huge problem in modern media and society. Everything is either/or when most things are actually “and.” In the Astros case they drafted great players and developed them well. These great players were very good without cheating but were simply great with cheating. Yes, like the Patriots, the Astros are both good and a pack of lowlife cheaters.
Earlier this week I wrote about what the Nationals sale might tell us about the Angels sale. At that time there was no clear leader to buy the team in DC. That looks to have changed as Ted Leonsis’ Group is expected to close that deal. There’s still no timeframe, however.
The off season is perfect to fix nagging injuries. So far this week, Jose Ramirez has announced he’ll have hand surgery and a pair or Mariners are going under the knife. All are expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2023.
At this point I wonder if the surgical team yells “Norm!” when Fernando Tatis Jr. walks into the room. He had a follow up procedure done this week.
On that note, I leave you with the greatest TV theme song of all time. Please fill in anything I missed and post your favorite TV theme songs below.