The LA Angels David Fletcher has been a team-player playing everywhere for the Angels and has really helped the team in many ways and now he has made new signee Anthony Rendon more comfortable.
When the LA Angels signed third baseman Anthony Rendon on Wednesday evening it solidified their line-up and gave AL MVP Mike Trout some legitimate protection in the line-up. Rendon was introduced to the media Saturday afternoon and was seen with the jersey #6 which was David Fletcher’s the past the couple of seasons. So what happened? Fletcher agreed to give up his #6 jersey to Rendon and he will now wear #22.
Why is this significant? Well, the last and only time the Angels won the World Series they had a diminutive like Fletcher who wore #22. Who you might ask? None other than sparkplug David Eckstein. Fletcher has already been compared to Eckstein because his size, style of play, and willingness to do whatever he can to spark the team and help them win. So it is fitting that he now wears the same number as Eckstein, who was the ultimate team player throughout his time in Anaheim and later on when he went to St. Louis and was chosen World Series MVP in 2006 with the Cardinals.
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Like Eckstein, Fletcher has many intangibles that have helped the Angels including his versatility that has not been matched since Chone Figgins roamed the Angel Stadium infield and outfield playing seven of nine position for the Angels. Fletcher played six different spots in 2019 and may do the same this season in order to get him in the line-up almost every day.
Fletcher, who played third base more than half of the season in 2019 now does not have a starting job since Rendon will man the hot corner. Fletcher will play some at second base along with Tommy La Stella.
However, Fletcher will likely see some time at third base to give Rendon a day off and also in right and left field to give Justin Upton time off when needed. He will also play right field with Brian Goodwin occasionally need a day off.
No matter where he plays Fletcher will flourish and he is definitely a winner. But most of all Fletcher is the ultimate team player which is invaluable to all good teams who are trying to make a playoff run which the Angels hoped to do. David Fletcher is the new X-Factor.