Peter Gammons’ tweets are sometimes hard to read. Are the bits of newsy info or just his gut feeling? He’s Gammons, though, so he gets some benefit of the doubt. His latest: “I wouldn’t be
surprised if Bobby Valentine were in the Marlins dugout by the end of
That’s not the farthest anyone has ever gone out on a limb, I’ll grant you, given that, so far, everyone is just kind of assuming it to be the case. I guess what is most notable about any of it is that no one has thrown cold water on the notion of Bobby V. in Florida, and within 24 hours of that kind of speculation, usually some kind of debunking has happened by now.
The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.
The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.
One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.