The 2023 World Baseball Classic was simply amazing. Great talent, dramatic games, and a storyline that played out to perfection. This was the most fun I’ve had as a baseball fan in a long, long time.
Mike Trout played his heart out and loved the experience and plans on coming back. The next WBC will be played in 2026 and I’m already ready for it.
Trout came up just short, but he did so against the greatest two way player the game has ever seen. The end of game match up with Ohtani was expected to be epic, and it was.
As Mia pointed out in the gamethread, the Angels really showed out in this year’s WBC. Ohtani was MVP and joined by Trout and Patrick Sandoval on the All Tournament Team. Aaron Loup and Gerardo Reyes came through big for their teams in critical situations. David Fletcher played well for Italy as did Gio Urshela for Columbia.
And while Ohtani got the best of Trout, David Fletcher got a hit off Ohtani and doesn’t plan on letting him forget about it.
Patrick Sandoval really shined in the WBC and he’s getting noticed by baseball media and fans. Sandoval is landing on breakout candidate lists on a regular basis.
Now it is time to get everybody into camp and prepare for the regular season.
Reid Detmers has shown improved velocity in camp and aims to be a 20 game winner. Nice stuff from Jeff Fletcher there.
All the concerns about Tyler Anderson’s lack of March innings went poof Tuesday when he threw six scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks.
Perhaps the biggest news out of Tempe was Arte Moreno breaking a three year silence and talking to the media. In encouraging news he says Bally’s West hasn’t missed a payment to the Angels and that the Angels don’t expect to be impacted by Bally’s bankruptcy.
Arte also said quite a few things that came off as tone deaf and/or lacking accountability for the organization’s failures under his leadership. Sam Blum did a great job bringing up counterpoints.
We all have our theories on why Arte held on to the team. I think he’s got an angle on a stadium deal. The new mayor in Anaheim says she’s open to discussing a new deal with him.
The 2023 season will be played under a host of new rules. MLB sent teams a memo on those rule to try to close some loopholes. The average game time this spring is down 35 minutes. For us die hards who follow all the Angels and most of the national games, that’s a lot of time saved over the course of a season.
Enjoy your weekend. Link what I missed below.