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The Angels had an off-day on Thursday, but here’s the latest surrounding the team

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There was a scandal that took place yesterday, as longtime clubhouse manager Brian Harkins was fired by the team for allegedly furnishing illegal substances to put on baseballs, according to the LA Times.

Harkins has worked at Angel Stadium since 1990, where he’s tended to the visiting teams. Back in 2005, he was named the Visiting Clubhouse Manager of the Year by MLB equipment managers.

“He is no longer working for the Angels,” team president John Carpino said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “I cannot get into any more details than that.”

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After the Astros cheating scandal, the MLB wants to limit in-game video usage. If that’s the case, players hope they don’t go too far. Here’s what Albert Pujols said to The Athletic.

“If they want to take it away, then let’s go back to old school. I’m good with that. I think a lot of guys would like that. And I think at the end, you’ll find that it’s more relaxing. You don’t have to think so much. You can trust your skill.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article on how Jason Castro feels about the use of video in the dugout.

Angels catcher Jason Castro alternates between watching his own performance and analyzing his pitcher.

Castro noted another benefit of access to video: It can maintain diplomacy with umpires. When the catcher and the umpire disagree on the location of a pitch, Castro explained, the umpire can settle the debate by asking the catcher to go check the replay between innings. “That’s a pretty common occurrence,” Castro said. “And that way you can quash any disagreements throughout the game.”

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  • As the Angels try and return to their glory days from nearly two decades ago, they’ll put their trust into some coaches with gray hair. Here’s a fun read from the LA Times.
  • Although he signed a contract worth nearly a quarter of a billion dollars, Anthony Rendon remains as humble as ever.

“I just don’t like boasting about myself. I don’t want to be the center of attention. I’m just here to play baseball. I’m not going to be on social media or doing any commercials. I’m just here to do my job.”

Read this great piece from Jeff Fletcher