Fox revealed their 2021 MLB schedule on Thursday, which for the Angels means FS1. None of the initial slate of exclusive Saturday Fox telecasts includes the Angels this year, though the final three weekends of the year haven’t yet been revealed, so if the Angels have designs on a first postseason berth since 2014, maybe they can sneak in a game or two near the end.
But for now, here are the four Angels games that will be on FS1 in 2021, none of which are an exclusive broadcast, which means Fox Sports West (or, once the season starts, Bally Sports West) will still show the game locally as well. The four games in question are all Saturdays:
- Sat, April 17 vs. Twins
- Sat, June 19 vs. Tigers
- Sat, July 31 vs. A’s
- Sat, Aug. 28 vs. Padres
The Angels will also be on the first ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast of the season, in the finale of their opening four-game home series against the White Sox on April 4. That ESPN telecast will be exclusive.
The Angels bullpen additions were profiled by Jack Harris at the Los Angeles Times.
Jeff Fletcher at the Orange County Register wrote about the battle for outfield playing time between Dexter Fowler and Juan Lagares.
Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic wrote about the relationship between general manager Perry Minasian and manager Joe Maddon: “The more communication we can have, the more direct we are, the more the players trust us, the more the coaching staff trusts us, (the better). The quality of information is important. It’s (about) conversations.”
Shohei Ohtani starting off his spring with four home runs while hitting .600 (12-for-20) got the attention of David Brandt at the Associated Press.
Rhett Bollinger at MLB.com offered five thoughts from Angels spring training.
Former Angels minor league infielder/outfielder Matt Long is now the director of product development at Sparta Performance Science, whose force plates are a training staple for many in and around baseball, writes J.P. Hoornstra at the Orange County Register.