Sunday, December 1, 2019
Uncustomed Heroes of 2019: Angels
IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN.
It's December 1st, and like every December, we're gonna spend every day of the month that isn't Christmas rolling off remaining custom cards of players who may not have been obvious choices for daily posts this year. These customs are made up of late season call-ups, full-year performers who never had a standout month, traded players, and award winners. For each, I'm gonna talk about what they did in 2019, and how the story of 2019 in baseball wouldn't be complete without them. Because sportswriters are gonna try and retell the story of 2019 in the following decades, and maybe these customs will be used as a way to help them narrow their gaze. I will also try to make a prediction for 2020 with each player.
Mike Trout leads the post because he had a phenomenal year, getting his 3rd MVP award despite missing the end of the season.
Why Him in 2019?: Simmons was one of the few offensive standouts after the ASG break, and helped the team stay afloat after Trout's departure.
One 2020 Prediction: Simba will have an impressive start in Anaheim, perhaps with an ASG nod to boot (his first!), and will end the season playing for a playoff-bound squad before becoming a free agent.
Why Him in 2019?: Albert cracked 2000 RBIs this year, so that's gotta count for something, right?
One 2020 Prediction: 2020 will be the last full season of Albert's career that won't be plagued by celebration or circumstance. Or, more realistically, the last season he can do something great before someone pats him on the back for it. I predict that 2020 will be Albert's fifteenth and final 100+ RBI season.
Why Him in 2019?: His June numbers, with a .273 average, and 4 RBIs, were a pleasant reprieve from disappointment.
One 2020 Prediction: Expect a return to classic J-Up in 2020. Upton will hit 32 home runs and bat .280.
Why Him in 2019?: Cause he'll be the catcher in Anaheim for a few more years after this, and this is where the good stuff started for him.
One 2020 Prediction: The starting job is his, and he's gonna bring relevancy back to the catching position.
Why Him in 2019?: His debut, and feel-good numbers, healed the Angels after Tyler Skaggs' death
One 2020 Prediction: An All-Star nomination.
Why Him in 2019?: Cause he was the lead of the rotation, and he will likely continue to be as such.
One 2020 Prediction: A fuller season, and evener win numbers.
Why Him in 2019?: Cause everyone else is getting a long-haired fireballer, so the Angels might as well have one too.
One 2020 Prediction: Will start the season in the rotation, but might move to the bullpen, and find success there.
Why Him in 2019?: He was one of the better Angels pitchers of their last month, which was tumultuous enough as is.
One Prediction for 2020: Of all the young Angels pitchers, Sandoval has the best chance of being sent down to the minors.
Why Him in 2019?: Bedrosian was a rare Angels reliever who didn't shit the bed in 2019.
One 2020 Prediction: Hansel Robles will lose the closing job at some point in May, and Bedrosian will do a fine job in his place. A mid-season trade will put him in a worthy bullpen.
Coming Tomorrow- The Astros nearly won a second World Series. Here are some people that helped.