August 27, 2020

Charles Barkley visits Angels as one of Joe Maddon’s guest speakers

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone He was more assured in his opinion that Mike Trout easily is the best player in baseball. Barkley said he even bought into the hype that Trout might one day join Bryce Harper and the Phillies in free agency before Trout signed his extension with the Angels.“That was a shocker to our system,” Barkley said, speaking for all Phillies fans. “Like I say, I’m just hearing (expletive) and when Bryce came to town, that’s all he talked about. I’m glad (Trout) is going to spend his whole career (with the Angels), though. I really am.”ALSOCatcher Jason Castro switched from uniform No. 15 to No. 16 this week, saying his wife and a couple of friends reminded him about Angels’ history. “Just a sign of respect to Tim Salmon,” the Stanford alum said. “I didn’t want to be the first one to wear (the number) since and break the streak. No. 16 is a good number too.” Castro used a Sharpie marker to change the 15 on his game shoes to a 16. …After a few members of the Chicago media came to Angels camp over the weekend, Maddon again met with Chicago writers before Monday’s game, with the gathering taking place near the Cubs’ dugout. Maddon, who was the Cubs manager for five seasons, was well received by the large crowd at Sloan Park before, during and after the game. “(Manager) David (Ross) and I have been in touch, and a couple of their coaches. I’m pretty much in contact with these guys. It’s not even one year removed and I have a lot of respect for all of that.” “You know what it’s like when you walk in the clubhouse. You feel the vibe, you feel the energy in the clubhouse or you don’t. And you can’t tell me one time that you did not feel energy when you were around a good team. So guys like Charles coming in is outstanding.”Barkley lives in the Phoenix area in the winter and in Philadelphia in the summer, meeting Maddon and his Cubs’ players a few years ago at a Phillies game. Barkley was asked about Maddon’s approach to management.“I like his leadership style, I like his personality more … and we both hate analytics,” Barkley said.Perhaps “hate” was a strong word. Barkley moved to clarify.“When I say I hate analytics, I think there’s a place for those, but you can’t measure your heart,” Barkley said. “Nothing can measure your heart or your toughness. I’ll just use a guy like (Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher) Madison Bumgarner. There’s nothing analytical about that man. He’s just a stud. If you look at Mike Trout or Albert Pujols, they are two of the best ever to do it. I don’t know what they would figure into the analytics if they were coming up today. “… It’s like in the NBA. Everyone is trying to do what the (Golden State) Warriors do. And it works if you have Kevin Durant, Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson). And not Manny, Moe and Jack.”At that, Barkley surveyed his audience before he was assured that his reference was well received and that Pep Boys commercials were indeed national.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros MESA, Ariz. — It was an eventful Monday morning for the Angels, who had a visitor from the basketball world, who was more than willing to talk baseball when he wasn’t taking swings with a golf club.Charles Barkley was invited to the Angels’ clubhouse on Monday morning to shake hands, take pictures and tell stories. Barkley even joined the team’s morning meeting on the field and participated in a quick chip shot shootout in the outfield, showing off something of a revision to his often-ridiculed, choppy golf swing.Known for bringing in visitors and select sideshows when he managed the Chicago Cubs, new Angels skipper Joe Maddon thought a visit from Barkley would help with the monotony of spring training. The midway point is when the days start to run into each other, when sometimes the only way to realize it’s the weekend is because the morning traffic is light.“It’s energy and enthusiasm,” Maddon said. “If we can do something daily that increases or adds to our energy or enthusiasm, I’ll take it. I think that’s overlooked. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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