ANAHEIM -- Just because the 2020 season is shortened to 60 games, manager Joe Maddon doesn’t believe it’ll take any luster off any achievements this year, especially winning the World Series.
In fact, Maddon, who has won a World Series as a manager and a coach, believes it could be even more special this year, just given the circumstances of what clubs have had to deal with this year with the hiatus between Spring Training and Summer Camp due to the coronavirus pandemic and all that comes during the season.
“It will be the culmination of the most abnormal, unusual year we've ever done,” Maddon said. “And a big part of it is just going to be the fact you probably didn't have a lot of illness on your team. And you'll celebrate this incredible achievement. Even though it's 60 games. If you look at it as a whole, it’s maybe one of the more difficult things to accomplish that we've ever had to do.”
Maddon guided the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, and his goal this season is to help lead the Angels to the postseason for the first time since 2014. Maddon has preached that a 60-game season brings different challenges than a full slate of 162 games and that the key this year is how the club handles everything off the field mentally.
“The fact that you have to win within a 60-game schedule is being minimized. It's not that easy,” Maddon said. “So, yeah, I think when it's all concluded, all of us will look back and realize how difficult a trek it was [for] the last team standing, what a magnificent job they did to pull it off.”
Marsh arrives to camp
Outfield prospect Brandon Marsh arrived at Angel Stadium for workouts on Tuesday but remains on the 10-day injured list. Marsh is among the Angels players who arrived late to camp for unspecified reasons. Marsh, ranked as the club’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline, is not expected to be on the Opening Day roster.
Other players who still haven’t arrived to camp include right-hander Julio Teheran, second baseman Luis Rengifo and left-handers Dillon Peters, Jose Suarez and José Quijada. Peters is the only one with a known injury, as he’s dealing with an oblique strain.
Major League Baseball has instituted a COVID-19 list this season, although clubs will not announce which players are placed on it due to privacy laws regarding individuals’ health. Players may address their status if they wish, though they are not required to do so. Merely being placed on an injured list without further explanation is not confirmation that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. For example, potential exposure to a person who has the virus can be sufficient cause.
• Top prospect Jo Adell has remained hot at the plate throughout Summer Camp, leading off Tuesday’s scrimmage with a triple off Dylan Bundy and later adding an RBI double off Keynan Middleton. Adell, ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline, still has an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster, given the club’s outfield depth and the fact he’s not on the 40-man roster.
• Two-way star Shohei Ohtani’s velocity has been at 94-96 mph in Summer Camp, according to pitching coach Mickey Callaway. Callaway said he believes Ohtani’s velocity will jump even higher once the season starts. His fastball averaged 96.7 mph as a rookie in 2018.
Maddon also confirmed that Ohtani will not serve as designated hitter the day before and the day after he starts on the mound.
• Right-handers Griffin Canning and Bundy both pitched in Tuesday's intrasquad game and fared well, with eight strikeouts each in "five" innings. They both played the club's "B" squad with the regulars set to begin playing again on Wednesday, when the Angels switch to a 6:40 p.m. PT start for their intrasquad action