May 12, 2021

Los Angeles Angels are doing right thing in holding back Shohei Ohtani (ESPN)

TEMPE, Ariz. — We should all take a moment, before salivating at the promise of the inimitable Shohei Ohtani, to commend general manager Billy Eppler for his restraint. Think about it. The Los Angeles Angels carry hopes of contention into this season, as evidenced by the $245 million addition of Anthony Rendon. But they understand, like the rest of us, that they’re at least one front-line starting pitcher away from becoming a serious threat. If you watched Ohtani pitch as a rookie in 2018, you quickly realized he had that type of potential. And yet Eppler — whose contract is entering its final season, and who might remain GM only if the Angels reach the playoffs — is playing it slow, even though Ohtani wants to go fast.

“There’s what we want,” Eppler said, “and there’s what we can do.”

As part of their introductory presentation to first-time minor leaguers, the Angels narrow a player’s career down to two different types of pain — the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. The pain of discipline involves the daily sacrifices made to achieve a greater goal, such as getting proper sleep, eating right and staying hydrated. The penalty for not enduring that pain, the…

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