The cuts have begun for the second half of spring training. The Angels optioned Michael Stefanic, Kolton Ingram, Justin Garza, and Jose Soriano. They reassigned Anthony Mulrine, Bryce Teodosio, Luis Ledo, Luke Murphy and Kenyon Yovan to minor league camp. Griffin Canning says what we are seeing this spring is just what he looks like when he’s healthy. Patrick Sandoval and Brandon Marsh both get mentioned as players who don’t get enough credit for what they do. Shohei Ohtani is still launching satellites. The Angels got ranked as wild card hopefuls rather than placed in the tier known as “Please Excuse Whatever It Is We’re Doing.” I like this: “Losing a whole bunch of games isn’t technically the plan.” (in reference to the Rockies).
Fans are griping about Mark DeRosa’s line up decisions as Manager of Team USA. What do you think? Maybe it wasn’t his idea at all. Team China appears to have been relegated. Twenty one year old Duque Hebbert struck out Juan Soto, Julio Rodriguez, and Rafael Devers to work his way through a scoreless inning for Nicaragua. The Tigers hired him on the spot.
Trevor Bauer is off to Yokohama and will earn $4 Million from the Baystars, provided he passes the physical.
If you haven’t seen it, here is that crappy call the college umpire got suspended for.
Joe Pepitone passed away. They talk about his Yankees career but I remember him as a Cub.
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