SEATTLE -- Shohei Ohtani failed to put a ball in play during Tuesday night's All-Star Game, but his experience was memorable nonetheless. The Los Angeles Angels' pending free agent was greeted to a chorus of "welcome to Seattle" chants when he stepped into the box as the second hitter of the night for the American League.
The Angels haven’t gotten anywhere near World Series contention in the half-decade they’ve had both Trout and Ohtani. It’s hard to imagine the team getting there by trading arguably the two best players in the majors.
It wasn't that long ago that the Los Angeles Angels were suddenly winning and looking like a team that could contend for at least an AL Wild Card spot and maybe even a division title in a deep AL West.
With their first pick in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft, the Los Angeles Angels selected Nolan Schnauel out of Florida Atlantic University. The 21-year-old infielder wrapped up his third year at FAU following the conclusion of their 2023 season, where he posted a .447/.615/.868 slash in his final campaign.