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The Kobe Bryant/Nipsey Hussle cleats are on auction through Aug. 28

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Brian Goodwin wore cleats in tribute to Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle last week, and now the Angels outfielder is auctioning off the shoes for charity.

The cleats were worn by Goodwin on Wednesday, Aug. 12 against the A’s, with one yellow shoe for Bryant and a blue one for Nipsey Hussle.

Goodwin autographed the cleats, which are up for auction through Aug. 28, with net proceeds benefitting the Angels Foundation and Play Equity Fund. He also pledged a donation to the latter group at the end of the season.

“I want to help youth who are vulnerable, help create greater access to sports programs and support ways young people can learn about standing up for social justice initiatives in their communities,” Goodwin said in a press release. “The mission of the Play Equity Fund will help me achieve these goals, and to take an active role in helping communities of need across Southern California.”

Links

Remember those two pitches Shaun Anderson threw near Mike Trout’s head in the ninth inning Tuesday? Jeff Fletcher at the Orange County Register has more from Joe Maddon’s postgame reaction.

Grant Brisbee at The Athletic wrote about it from the Giants’ perspective, running through the possible scenarios and motives for the two errant pitches.

Matt Harvey, who posted a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts with the Angels in 2019, will make his return to a major league mound on Wednesday for the Royals. He spoke with Dave Skretta of the Associated Press about his stint in Anaheim:

“There was a lot of mechanical issues that kind of started with spring training and was really hard for me to work through,” Harvey said. “There was a different pitching philosophy that I was not used to that I think really altered the way I throw, and obviously I’m not speaking negatively about that organization, but it was just a different type of pitching.”