On the strength of four solo homers, the last a walkoff shot from Mark Trumbo off David Pauley, the Angels beat the Mariners 4-3 on Friday night.
Top prospect Mike Trout, hitting ninth in his major league debut, went 0-for-3.
The Angels got homers from Erick Aybar, Vernon Wells and Hank Conger before Trumbo ended the game in the ninth and made a winner of All-Star replacement Jordan Walden.
The homer was Trumbo’s 15th, leaving him one behind Washington’s Danny Espinosa for the major league lead among rookies. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman is next with 13 homers.
Trout, who is going to need to make a big impression in a hurry in order to stick around after Peter Bourjos returns from a hamstring injury, flied out in the second, grounded out in the fifth and lined to center in the seventh.
Earlier this year Disney agreed to purchase the majority stake in BAMTech, the digital media company spun off from MLB Advanced Media. We know it as the source of the technology for MLB.tv and MLB.com, but it’s far more wide-ranging than that now. At present it powers streaming for MLB, HBO, NHL, WWE, and, eventually, will power Disney’s and ESPN’s upcoming streaming services.
The company was started by an investment from baseball’s 30 owners, so they’re getting a big payout as a result of the acquisition. Earlier this morning Jim Bowden dropped this regarding how much of that payout is in the offing in the short term:
That’s probably on the low end, actually. Some people I’ve spoken to who are familiar with the acquisition say the figure is more like $68 million in Q1 of 2018.
Good for the owners! It was a savvy, forward-thinking investment that, in the past, baseball owners might not have made. Bud Selig, Bob Bowman and others deserve credit for convincing the Jeff Lorias and Jerry Reinsdorfs of the world to think big and long term. It’s money out of the sky, raining down upon the owner of your baseball team for, basically, doing nothing.
Money which should be remembered when your buddy complains about a relief pitcher getting $6 million for only pitching 65 innings. Money which should be remembered when your team’s GM says that he has to cut back on payroll in the coming year.