Gloves are oiled, fungo bats are in full force for infield practice and with any luck all trash cans have been removed from the Houston Astros dugout. It’s time, once again, for Los Angeles baseball, and both Los Angeles clubs have shiny new players they’re excited to try out this Spring Training.
The off-season for the Dodgers, the Angels and baseball as a whole was eventful, to say the least. The Angels got another slugger to pair with reigning AL MVP Mike Trout, signing World Series champion and former Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon to a deal worth $245 million. Not to be outdone, the Dodgers helped orchestrate a trade that brought Red Sox outfielder and 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to Los Angeles along with pitcher David Price. And, of course, there was that whole sign-stealing thing with the Astros, and it didn’t take long for the retaliation tour to start -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, one of the key figures in the scandal, was hit by a pitch in the team’s very first Spring Training game. But both the Dodgers and the Angels made one thing very clear through their offseason actions -- they want to win a lot, and they want to win now.
Fresh off his trip to Arizona where he caught saw both the Dodgers and Angels in Cactus League action, Larry Mantle reconvenes the Triple Play with A Martinez and Nick Roman to talk about how the Dodgers and Astros are shaping up a week into Spring Training and forecast what we can expect from each squad during the regular season.