The biggest, and really only news, out of Anaheim this week was Arte Moreno announcing he’s holding onto the team.
In his mind, I’m sure it played out like this:
In reality, the reaction was a far cry from that. One great thing about social media is the instant feedback it provides. No need for group studies or think tanks, it is right out there.
Taking a look at the reactions to the official team Facebook posting, there were 1100 angry emojis, 400+ crying ones, about a hundred laughing, and 80 hearts.
Or take a look at these responses including one by Weaver.
Perhaps, just perhaps Arte has turned a new leaf late in life. After all, Perry has an increased budget and Angels minor league staff are now paid competitively. While I don’t expect people to change, I don’t generally give up on them either.
Yes, winning back. Most fans liked Arte early in his tenure. Of course he inherited a great team, spent money to add to it, and dropped beer prices. It is since his college buddies took over the team that his failures have come to light.
Ironically, I posted a list of guys I’d like to see added just prior to his announcement and the best two are still out there.
The Cubs apparently read the article and took my advice.
From around the league, Scott Rolen became the newest member of the Hall of Fame. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about him.
Last week I linked a piece on players under 30 who might join Rolen in the Hall. Now let’s take a look at the guys 30 and over who are making a case.
If seeing Mike Trout on that list made you feel old, you’re not alone.
A HOF class of one isn’t going to draw a huge crowd to Cooperstown, a city that relies heavily on tourist dollars. The Hall needs as many past inductees as possible to attend for the health its hosts.
That last link isn’t super long, but it fits the type of article I try to find for long form. Something interesting, with a heart, and about baseball but not really about baseball. Go to that one with your coffee.
MLBTR has been churning out chats with former MLB players. Great way to keep content going during the slow news cycle.
For years people around here, including me at times, wanted Cesar Hernandez at the keystone and atop of the lineup. Those days are past but I always look for his name on MLBTR. He went to Detroit on a minors deal.
Guess who else raided the Atlanta Braves front office for their new GM? The Houston Astros named Dana Brown, formerly of Atlanta, as their new GM yesterday.
Just a bit over a fortnight until pitchers and catchers report. Enjoy your weekend and link what I missed.
In the meantime, enjoy this bad boy one more time: