Read Bo Jackson’s 1985 scouting report

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Dayn Perry posted about this over at CBS. Someone picked it up at Reddit before that. Whoever unearthed this, however, is deserving of our gratitude, because it’s awesome sauce: it’s Bo Jackson’s scouting report when he played at Auburn:

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I think a lot of people my age tend to over-project what Bo Jackson could have been if he had stuck with baseball only and didn’t get injured. He was great but had some flaws in his game and was, at his best, a better football player than he was a baseball player. But no one since back in Jim Thorpe’s day was able to play multiple sports at the level Jackson ever did.  Perry suggests that Jackson may be the greatest athlete in U.S. history.  I think there’s a good argument for that.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.