Day 5: “That boy got some good genes” …
Angels right fielder Torii Hunter has three football-playing sons that are juniors at Prosper High School in Texas — Torii Jr. (wide receiver), Darius (wide receiver) and Money (outside linebacker/safety). All three of them are getting college offers, and all three of them seem to be pretty good.
Darius looks like a young Barry Sanders.
Torii Jr. doesn’t look too bad, either.
Of the three, Torii Jr. has the most promise in baseball (Darius doesn’t play it), and as of now, it looks like Arkansas and Stanford are the front-runners for his services in the class of 2013. Torii Jr. wants to go somewhere that he can play football and baseball (he’s a center fielder with some great vert, just like his dad). Problem: Torii Jr. is also quite studious and is looking to major in architecture or engineering.
“It’s going to be tough to do both,” the elder Torii said.
Torii feels his son is going to eventually have to pick one or the other. And he won’t be hurt if it’s football.
“This is my life. This is not their life,” Torii Sr. said. “So if they want to play football in college, I’m not going to force them [to play baseball]. My dream was to make it to the Major Leagues and do what I have to do. They can follow my footsteps, but they don’t have to. They can do whatever they want.”
Here’s a (late) recap from Friday …
- A story on Peter Bourjos and his father, Chris, who’s a scout for the Padres.
- It’s official: The new playoff system will be implemented this year. In short, winning your division is now a lot more important.
- Bobby Abreu wants a lot of at-bats this spring (or plate appearances?), and it looks like he’ll get ’em.
- It’s still tough to gauge where Mark Trumbo is at with his switch to third base.
- Jerome Williams suffered a strained hamstring while doing rundowns on Friday.
- The Heat snapped their nine-game winning streak against the Jazz, losing 99-98 after coming back from down 18 points. Udonis Haslem missed the go-ahead jumper at the end, and (of course) LeBron James was criticized for making the right play and passing it to him.
And here are some notes from the early part of Saturday …
- Manager Mike Scioscia said Williams (hamstring) feels better today, and that the injury shouldn’t impact him in the fifth-starter competition because the Angels won’t need one until April 15.
- The Angels have their first intrasquad game at 12:30 p.m. MT today. Starting position players will only play defense, and only relievers — Michael Kohn, Francisco Rodriguez, John Hellweg, Matt Meyer, Loek Van Mil and Ariel Pena — will pitch.
- C.J. Wilson will get the nod for the exhibition opener and will go two innings. Albert Pujols will play in that game, too.
- The Angels reached agreement with 21 players who are not yet eligible for arbitration – and thus have between zero and three years of service time – but renewed the contract of closer Jordan Walden. In other words, the two sides couldn’t agree on Walden’s 2012 salary, and instead the club chose how much he’d make.