first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Q: Any word on what would happen to contracts if the season never happens? (That one-year Mookie rental isn’t looking good right now …) – @TheSlickrockA: Obviously this is also still to be negotiated. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.Q: If the mid-May start comes off, and there is a desire to try to squeeze in a full season, will we see some scheduled doubleheaders on the weekends? – @trivialnunzA: I can’t see them even coming close to a full season. I understand they want to play “as many games as possible,” so I suppose one way to do that would be to add some doubleheaders. I think that’s more reasonable than extending the season and ending up with the World Series at a neutral site in November or something. So, yes, I think doubleheaders are the simplest way to add more games without messing up the schedule too much. I’d expect them to mostly be within your division, though.Q: Is Tempe Diablo going to be shutting down? In an article yesterday it said facilities were able to be used Tuesday or Wednesday. Looks like that is going to change. – Travis BrewerA: As of Sunday night, the facilities in Tempe were supposed to be open Monday for players to work out informally, either individually or in very small groups. The facilities at Angel Stadium are expected to be ready for the same type of workouts, starting Tuesday or Wednesday. MLB has said they won’t flat-out close spring training facilities, although they do want teams to be strict about keeping the groups small and practice social distancing.Q: Jeff, do you see a lot of time in the office since you’re a beat writer? Was just curious about what a beat writer journalist’s life is like compared to maybe a columnist (for context, I was a journalism major, so i’m just curious!) – Job AngA: I am almost never in the office. I go in about once a year for meetings. When I’m not at the ballpark, I am always working at home, so this unexpected shutdown is not that much different from a normal January to me.Q: Favorite Arizona eating spots during Spring Training? – @f2fguyA: I have plenty of them. My No. 1 restaurant is Carlsbad Tavern, in Scottsdale. I also really like North Italia, Richardson’s and Kuka Sushi.Q: Favorite moment in your career so far? – @LUEVANO23A: That is a tough one. I saw Barry Bonds hit his 756th homer, breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time record. I think perhaps the most memorable thing I’ve ever seen was last year’s Angels game when they pitched a combined no-hitter wearing Tyler Skaggs jerseys. I actually wasn’t even working that night, but I was at the game with my son and father. I suppose that makes it ineligible for a moment in my “career,” technically speaking.Related Articles While Major League Baseball is on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, we took some questions on Twitter and our Facebook page about the Angels and other baseball topics.Q: Staying positive. How would a complete season or even short season benefit the Halos? – @catfishmcflyA: The Angels definitely could benefit if the season is shortened, which at this point looks like a certainty. Shohei Ohtani, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, was going to have his innings limited this season, so they would have him at the end of the 162-game season instead of the beginning. But if the season starts in late May or early June, and only goes 100 games or so, Ohtani could be available the entire time. The Angels were also going to be without Griffin Canning for at least the first month as he recovers after having a platelet-rich plasma injection, so now he could possibly be ready by the new Opening Day. Finally, in general, the shorter the season, the less the advantage for the better teams. That means the Houston Astros won’t have as big an advantage over the Angels, or any team, for a 100-game season as they would for a 162-game season.Q: Who should start at first base on Opening Day: Pujols or La Stella? Seconde base: La Stella or Fletcher? Right field: Goodwin, Fletcher, Adell? – @shandy92606 A: As of a couple of days before the shutdown, Tommy La Stella told me he had not put on a first baseman’s glove at all during spring training. I think a lot of fans had the idea that La Stella would play that position, but the Angels clearly never considered it a serious option. Albert Pujols figures to get most of the time at first base, with probably Matt Thaiss playing the games he doesn’t. At second, it will probably be La Stella against righties and David Fletcher against lefties. In right field, I expect some combination of Fletcher and Brian Goodwin until Jo Adell is ready. As for who plays on Opening Day, that’s hard to say. It might depend upon whether they’re facing a righty or lefty.Q: Did Michael Hermosillo make a case for starting in right field? He had a good spring until it got shut down. – Mario MolinaA: Hermosillo had just missed some time with a hip injury before the shutdown. I think he was a pretty safe bet to make the team as the fourth outfielder (or fifth if you count David Fletcher), but I didn’t see him getting a lot of starts ahead of Brian Goodwin or Fletcher in right.Q: What happens with the players’ salaries. Are they still paid while on shutdown? – Sean CronkiteA: The question of salaries is still being negotiated. All we know right now is that players on 40-man rosters will continue to get living allowances for a few more weeks. Players are never paid until the start of the regular season, so no one has missed a paycheck yet.last_img

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