Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, February 23, 2022 -- "LABR Recap"

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"Now, I understand the reasons Mike Trout has slipped from his perch at the top of the first round. He’s attempted just four steals since the pandemic, just 17 since the start of the 2019 season. Injuries cost him 150 games in that time, including a torn right calf muscle that ended his 2021 season in May. There’s been absolutely no performance degradation, though. Trout has hit .301/.419/.611 over 2020 and 2021, and was tearing up the league last year when he injured the calf. Trout didn’t have a series of maladies, didn’t injure a knee or an Achilles or a wrist, and that he didn’t play in September was as much about the Angels’ games being meaningless as his ability to play."

"I may not win this league, but if I do win it, I will have won it with this pick."