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I saw this story, it's not directly Angels related, not hot stove or trade porn, just something of interest so here is a thread for that. Kind of a baseball talk file cabinet, toss in whatever article you think is worth a few minutes of time. 

Starting it off with Vladdy Jr. A big concern was how big He was getting, pretty much doing the Panda (Sandoval) thing and eating his way out of baseball, or at least playing the field.


The Blue Jays had been tossing around the idea of moving him to a different spot on the diamond bette suited for his body type.

“I finished the season more or less and put that in mind. I started with the slow swing and when I lost 20 pounds I started feeling better,” Guerrero Jr. said. “I learned after these months of the coronavirus that if you don’t work hard, you can’t be in the Major Leagues.”


It's not piodeportes but close.

Good for him, I was hoping he would see the light and a lighter side so he had a chance at a career like his father. 

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Rays owner weirdly takes shot at own fanbase for lack of attendance 

Just because Rays fans don't show up in droves to Tropicana Field doesn't mean they don't exist. Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg ought to watch what he says to avoid alienating what little fanbase he does have, and that's according to the man himself.

"Most of our games are attended by less than 10,000 people, so we could probably for the most part run a normal stadium operation," Sternberg told the Tampa Bay Times, of potentially social distancing in the stands to start the 2021 season. "Tongue in cheek, but it's the truth."


They are the East Coast A's as far as bad attendance goes. The one game I attended with my wife, years ago, the stadium was a little over half full. But that was an anomaly which is kind of weird since they are actually very competitive in a league that has the Red Sox and Yankees out spending them 3:1. 

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Johnny Damon arrested on drunk driving charges. Nice couple.


Johnny agreed to take a breathalyzer test at the police station even after telling officers Michelle advised him not to. His blood alcohol level registered at .30 and .294, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08. Michelle Damon was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

Johnny and Michelle have been married since 2004 and have six children together. They told police their kids were at home with a nanny, so an officer called the nanny and told her Mr. and Mrs. Damon “were going to jail and would not be home for some time.”


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CBS sports line doesn’t think much of the Angels off season moves.

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Yikes. The Angels keep missing out on top free agent starting pitchers. Last year, they lost out in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, and this year, they couldn't get Trevor Bauer. This time around, they watched the best pitcher on the market sign with their crosstown rival. So, the next best thing? At least, in the eyes of Angels front office. No. 52 ranked free-agent starter Jose Quintana. It's a good move. But, the Angels pitching situation needed way more than just good right now.  

Quintana didn't pitch for half of 2020 due to a thumb injury, but he will (along with outfielder Dexter Fowler, acquire via trade) reunite with former Cubs manager, Joe Maddon in 2021. There are some question marks about Shohei Ohtani's ability to return as a two-way player next season, and aside from the trio of starters Andrew Heaney Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning, there's almost zero to none reliability in the starting rotation. 

Along with Quintana, the Angels added left-hander Alex Claudio, veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki and right-hander Alex Cobb. It's a semi-productive winter, but to be honest, with a new general manager brought it after five consecutive losing seasons, you would've thought the club was going to put the pedal to the metal this winter. The 2021 season could be another year where the Angels can't get superstar Mike Trout back to the postseason. They haven't reached the playoffs since 2014. GRADE: C-
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