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@angels1961 Everyone should find a quiet place and read the first article above. A fantastic read for anybody who cares enough to think about baseball in February
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Halo Headlines: in-depth look at Angels player development, Blanton not a lock for the rotation
Will pushing the salary limit now have an impact on what's available for Trout down the road? My guess would be yes, so I wonder at the theory that we should strain the budget to the max. Or maybe the front office prevailing theory is winning will solve everything and Trout will forget about the Northeast because of all the rings he has won here. Thoughts?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
If you were out of town the few weeks he healthy last year, I fear you may never get to see him pitch for the Angels.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Sean Burnett conspiracy theory
I wonder about Wally. He always struck me as a smart fella and easy to get along with. Hatcher got an extra five years out of personality alone. I wish there was a spot for Chili Davis somehere more elevated than his Oak job. He has done a lot with a little up there and it would be nice to cherry pick Billy's staff. (and not cuz he is a former Angel, but it surely doesn't hurt in my book)
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Halo Headlines: speculation on Angel coaching staff vacancies, five minor league coaches fired
This is the problem with having something nice to play with, you fear every day that it will somehow go away. Every fan waits for that one amazing player to pop out of their farm system and make all their problems go away. Now that we have ours, him going away is our biggest problem! I know it is unavoidable to read, just about weekly thus far, how MT may stay or may go, but its more of a bummer than when we were just mediocre and hoped some nice free agent may like So Cal
5 months, 1 week ago on Creative contract extension ideas for Mike Trout
@CurtisCienfuegos With the few nickels and dimes Artie left for Dipoto to sign relievers, who exactly was he supposed to sign? Our great bullpens of the past were all homegrown. Even Donnelly was a rookie when the Angels found him in that 02 season. The blame is all Artie's for gacking all his cash on players that looked good getting off the bus.
6 months, 1 week ago on The case for firing Mike Scioscia
I love Beltre routinely reminding us that he is the one free agent we took a moral stand against signing and he is the one guy we haven't been able to live without.
7 months, 1 week ago on Angels historically terrible; Rangers walk all over the Halos again, 2-1
I like Trumbo,but wouldn't mind Cron and a solid #3 over a guy who I really like, but unfortunately reminds me too much of Richie Sexson
7 months, 1 week ago on Potential landing spots for the remaining Angels trade pieces
There is nothing in callaspo that is typical of what Billy Beane seeks, and I doubt josh Donaldson is going back behind the plate. I don't really care where he flips him, but strange he couldn't use Green as the extra player. Def makes you wonder, but I still would take the trade due to upside, just hope he isn't another Dally Mac
7 months, 1 week ago on Angels send Callaspo to Oakland for Grant Green in possible precursor to Howie Kendrick trade
Since 1950 the record for most losses is 24; every time he takes the mound I will be intrigued to see how much closer he can get. The monkey at least should have a fun and festive countdown to 20 so readers have something to enjoy the morning after he pitches.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Blanton dig another hole the offense can't climb out of, Angels fall 4-3 to the Twins
I missed these previews since the day they left. Very stoked to have them back!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Series Preview: Athletics vs. Angels vs. Hope
I couldn't agree more with the first paragraph. I have hated the sox deeply ever since the 86 playoffs. That's why, say what you will about Jeff Mathis, his double off of papelbon in 09 to keep series out of Boston was an all time favorite halo moment
8 months ago on Defense breaks down; Angels Fall to Red Sox
Sure, games were left on the field, but it's ludicrous to believe"right at .500" had they lived up to defensive expectations. With this staff, and particularly the bullpen, we maybe inch a couple of games better in the win column, but not by very much.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The scourge of the disappointing Angel defense
Your argument for why Aybar should hit last, just beofre Trout, is also why he should hit first in the lineup. His ability to run (20+ Sbs projected), make contact (K's 10% of ABs, well over .300 BaBIP annually so let him get the fastballs too), and get on base more than Petey, are the most salient points for his inclusion at the top. Why wait until the 3rd inning to see it? I would go:
Howie hitting 8th means his inning ending DP will be before the the guys who can run come up, but also gives the potential he powers one of those earlier guys around. Additionally, 2 Guys who can run before the meat of the order comes up places nice pressure on pitchers if any of them get on base, at least back when Scioscia believed in stealing bases.
1 year, 1 month ago on Should Josh Hamilton Bat 2nd in 2013
and he is CHEAP! When we get a few years down the line and a guy like Kershaw is up for bidding it will be nice to have a contributing player with a low salary. Also, though we are signing big names, I like pointing out to haters that the bulk of the team came up from our own minor leagues (at least until the last ten days)
1 year, 2 months ago on How can the Angels protect the future of the ballclub?
This was a great post even before it was proven exactly right.
1 year, 2 months ago on Weighing the Angels' trade options
Scotty, I would take everything you have predicted here.
1 year, 4 months ago on Peter Bourjos: Play him or trade him
I like the idea of him out there. If we trade for a real upgrade some place then fine, but I don't see much a big trade going down for the same reasons you offer for him staying. There are serviceable options out there in free agency so why would anyone need to trade with us? Especially for pitching that is so hard to find. We can't even use him as a throw-in on a bigger deal cuz we really have no other pieces. So I look forward to Speedy Petey being out there and circling the bases with his high socks. I know .240 will be a satisfying year but hope that Scioscia gets back to his small ball and this team starts stealing bases again.
BTW, when will the Monkey throw some fantastic sabermetric at us explaing why, in a league full of crappy catchers, the Angels don't steal or pinch run like they should? I know we have power bats now, but gotta be able to distract pitchers a little more.
Josh's best days are behind him without a doubt. In 3 years I see him as an Edgar Martinez type of professional hitter/DH/1B who can reliably hit .285 and get some air under the ball. 2 years after that? See ARod without steroids. There's no shame there, but nobody to give 7/175 mil. He just played too hard the last few years and hit the wall a few too many times. MTrout take notice...
1 year, 4 months ago on Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton and personality
Medical report aside, maybe this is the first step in getting that one year deal he was hoping for.
1 year, 4 months ago on Things get weird, Haren trade canceled, Angels decline his option