Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is one of the finest defensive players of his era, routinely at or near the top of most fielding leaderboards, and is certainly no stranger to highlight reels.
As a leader in his field, Simmons knows a good baseball player when he sees one. And he definitely sees one in the classic video game Backyard Baseball legend Pablo Sanchez.
Don’t you dare disrespect Pablo Sanchez with these other athletes. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. To this day the world hasn’t seen anything of that caliber. https://t.co/JOXAZAej53— Andrelton Simmons (@Andrelton) April 5, 2020
It was a bit of a light weekend for Angels news, so some of today’s links are of the general baseball variety.
- Jason Castro and Max Stassi bring strong pitch framing to the Angels, Jeff Fletcher writes at the Orange County Register.
- MLB.com picked the best Rookie of the Year winners at each position, and Mike Trout, the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year, took home the honors for center field.
- Various U.S. sports pro commissioners, including MLB’s Rob Manfred, held a conference call with Donald Trump on Saturday, and the president reportedly hoped to have games with fans in stadiums by August and September. In his daily briefing later Saturday, California governor Gavin Newsom said, “I don’t anticipate that happening in this state.”
- MLB has begun to relax restrictions on scouting, with teams and scouts now allowed to contact players remotely, per Baseball America.
- Tim Kurkjian at ESPN reminisced about legendary manager Earl Weaver on the anniversary of his 1,000th career win.