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In 2014 the Angels led MLB with 773 runs and were tied for second in MLB with a 110 wRC+. Everyone should be so lucky to have such a "questionable" offense.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner
@Rick K. Some sort of special for HBO and to raise money for cancer, but that just seems like convenient tie-in to get people not to criticize him for a publicity stunt.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-worrying-about-weavers-velocity-ferrell-plays-with-the-angels.html
@Rick K. Yeah, I think that might be a back-up plan if they end up cutting bait on Featherston. But Featherston hasn't gotten any time at 2B yet, so clearly he isn't being taken seriously as a contender for the starting gig.
Help us, Grant Green. You're our only hope.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/
@incomparible mick @monkeywithahalo compassion for another human = asshole. Gotcha. Makes sense. FOX NEWZ 4 LIFE!
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/lets-talk-josh-hamilton.html
@jasonarita51 I appreciate the support. To me though it isn't a "one of our own" thing though. I'd hope people would respond with care and support even if Hamilton wasn't an Angel. He's a human being. It shouldn't matter what name is on the front of his uniform.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/lets-talk-josh-hamilton.html
@incomparible mick I respectfully disagree. My usage of the word "dick" might've been a bit much, but when someone's reaction to another human being suffering a setback in their recovery from drug abuse is "sweet, we get to void his contract and save money," that just seems cold and callous. Would you really still feel that way if Hamilton had been putting up MVP numbers the last two years? Maybe you would, but I suspect most Angels fans wouldn't.
Using someone's personal tragedy to improve the payroll flexibility of your favorite team seems like a flaky asshole thing to think, in my opinion.
@Rick K. Yeah, I saw that too. The thing is, he may not be wrong. When I mentioned his need to improve his approach, that was me trying to be diplomatic.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/handicapping-angels-second-base-competition.html
@Rick K. Thanks for the feedback, Rick. Glad to see that I am improving. Another decade or two and I might finally get good at this blogging thing. And no worries, I never take the corrections personally. Only helps me improve.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/la-angels-news-inside-angels-front-office-number-crunchers.html
@ltbu yep, he landed with the Rays for a few weeks, but they just cut him loose. He's a free agent now.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/browsing-the-non-tender-bargain-bin.html
I've been to Fresno. I don't know that it is the armpit of America, but California....
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/hawaii-announcer-apologizes-color-remarks-fresno.html
@ltbu still in the org, had a lot of arm problems last season though
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-arbitration-eligibles-extend-settle-or-non-tender.html
@Carl LaFong @monkeywithahalo no, Carl, WAR is apples and apples. The WHOLE point of WAR is to be able to compare value across position and era.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/should-the-angels-try-to-trade-erick-aybar.html
@Carl LaFong three of the last four years, Howie has had a higher WAR than Aybar. He's more valuable. That isn't to denegrate Aybar, he's very good and right now there is a scarcity at shortstop, which is why I believe his value is inflated and worth exploring on the trade market. But as you said and as I said in the article, Aybar would be much harder to replace due to the lack of organizational depth.
Also, Dipoto never said he wouldn't trade Kendrick. He recently said he's inclined to hold onto him, which is what GMs say when they are trying to drive the price up on a player they are shopping.
@imindless why would the Padres want Howie? They are rebuilding. One year of Howie doesn't help them, plus they already have Taylor Lindsey. If they trade Cashner, it is going to be for a load of young talent.
@Carl LaFong Does it make anymore sense to trade Kendrick who was categorically better than Aybar? As I said in the article, I ultimately agree that it is too risky to trade Aybar, but if there is a chance to trade an asset at a time where you can charge a premium, it needs to be considered. I considered it with Aybar, it doesn't quite work.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/should-the-angels-try-to-trade-erick-aybar.html
@ltbu Bedrock will get a chance at some point, Dipoto likes having lots of options. But as of right now, the Opening day bullpen looks like Street-Smith-Jepsen-Morin-Salas-Ramos-Pestano. Rasmus (if he doesn't become a starter), Bedrosian, Diaz and McBryde will all get looks at some point though.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/nobody-really-knows-what-the-angels-will-and-wont-do-this-offseason.html
@Rick K. Yeah, that part was a little off. Catcher is probably the thinnest position in the entire Angels organization. I like Jett Bandy a lot, but even I'm not sure he can be a replacement level back-up in the bigs. It only gets worse from there.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-trout-wins-silver-slugger-blue-jays-howie-kendrick-trade-rumor.html
@sportsguy13 I'm just going to go ahead and leave this right here: http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1534&position=OF#fieldingadvanced
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/2014-articles/michael-cuddyer-rockies-qualifying-offer.html
@Rick K. D'oh! Can't believe it took this long for someone to notify me. Left the in the wrong status. They are up now, though extremely late. Apologies.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-athletics-vs-round-2.html
@Rick K. Uh, yeah. Fixed now. Tweet embedding apparently does some very weird things to the formatting.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/garrett-richards-suffers-devastating-knee-injury.html
@Rick K. You mean to tell me that you aren't excited about facing King Felix in a one-game playoff? Can't imagine why.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-rangers-vs-the-heat.html
@ltbu Sure, they could, but it would come at the expense of Stamets' development. He'd seldom ever get to bat, so his offense would be stunted. Plus, he doesn't have experience at 3B right now. Besides, the real reason that Johnny Mac is on the team is his leadership, not his ability to be a defensive upgrade over Freese for a few innings four or five games per week.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/whats-wrong-with-the-angels-lineup-everything.html
@laa1055 because of the money involved, if you claim a big money player, you risk just getting stuck with the whole contract, so only serious teams put in claims. Also gives the other team only one chance to unload the contract or get stuck with it the rest of the year.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/angels-trade-deadline-day-live-tracker.html
@Toby Ziegler Toby, relax and please don't attack anyone here with profanity (I deleted your other comment). The point of this article is to give an assessment of the prospects. Just because you don't like the assessment doesn't mean that someone is out to drag someone down. The hype around Borenstein, for better or worse, is part of his profile as a prospect. There is nothing wrong with pointing out that he isn't living up to the hype.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/uncategorized/prospect-stock-prospects-19-11.html
@bblaseck the way to turn up the heat is to actually just rebuild the bullpen and give him so much talent that he can't screw it up
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-71-indians-5-angels-3.html
@A83sanchez83 That's a great idea except for the part where A.J. Burnett has a no-trade clause and blocked a deal to the Angels a few years ago. And the part where the Angels already have Kendrick at second and don't need Utley. And the part where Utley also has a no-trade clause. And the part where taking on all this salary would send the Angels flying into the luxury tax.
Other than that, great idea.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/do-the-angels-actually-have-any-trade-assets.html
It isn't too late to convert him to pitcher!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-trout-has-clean-mri-on-his-back-reviewing-mock-drafts.html
@hossmandu not saying ONLY the main team can celebrate. I'm just saying that a lot of the celebration, IMO, comes from watching the guy do it for so long. Angels fans don't have that connection.
I think a good analogy would be Chone Figgins getting a World Series ring in 2012. How excited could he really be for that? He was only on the regular season roster for a cup of coffee and only helped in the post-season as a pinch-runner. Everyone else did the work and he was just around to witness the crowning moment.
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/500-homers-a-culmination-for-pujols-but-not-the-angels.html
@Rick K. Yeah, I forgot about Sutton. They acquired him when I think he was already over 290 wins. Clearly it made a big impact on my memory.
@hvnsangel67 I'm glad you liked it! But now I am going to be obsessed about figuring out which of the posts you hate and why :(
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/david-freese-has-anaheimnesia.html
Victor Rojas is a very good play-by-play guy. He can be a bit bombastic, but picks his moments well. He's also pretty in tune with sabermetrics and the internet culture around baseball.
Mark Gubicza is about as vanilla as they come. The best thing about him is that outside of the occasional corny joke or pitching mechanics observation, is that you barely notice him.
I also have to nitpick a bit here that Jose Mota is not included on the list. He still does some pre-game and post-game reports, which is terrific because he is the world's greatest natural resource for unintentional comedy.
I'll also add, as a Seattle resident, that Dave Sims is a fun announcer but a HORRIFIC homer. Probably fun if you are an M's fan. If you aren't, then... guh.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-west.html
@sinatrasratpack The second the Angels released him, they were on the hook for his full salary, even if he never threw another pitch. If he retired while still on the roster, he would've lost the money. Oh well.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-joe-blanton-retires-sean-burnett-to-resume-throwing.html
@Rick K. I figured it was in poor taste to kick Blanton even more as he headed out the door. What's done is done.
@sinatrasratpack Right DDLR was the go-to guy there, but he is out. Still, Salas is the WORST possible choice there because he is an extreme flyball guy with an average K-rate. Kohn is the same guy with a better K-rate. Not a great choice, but better.
As for the 90% of managers thing, yes that is true, but that doesn't mean it is right. Conventional wisdom doesn't mean it isn't stupid.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/second-guessing-scioscia-week-1.html
@ElChippy Yeah, it is a lose-lose situation. Smoak has been legitimately bad as a righty and Cano handles lefties just fine. What bothers me is the inconsistency in allowing Santiago to pitch to Cano the very next night in a very similar situation.
@Rick K. /searches for retort, fails to find one
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/what-an-0-3-start-means-for-the-angels.html
@thierrion Nope, the 1998 Yankees did lose their first three games, but they were on the road. Ironically two were in Anaheim. I was only looking at teams who lost their first three games of the season and were at home for all three losses.
@Rick K. man, banging on my poor sentence structure and spoiling The Blacklist for me, Rick? Party foul!
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-blanton-released-burnett-and-moran-progressing.html
Just find it interesting that Dipoto, a noted stat guy, is actively investing in team chemistry, a very "old school" concept that the sabermetric community generally dismisses.
1 year, 1 month ago on Forget pitching, the Angels are targeting leadership
1 year, 1 month ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
@ShuebBaafe$300 million on 8 years would be an average of $37.5 million. That's an absurd number for him to get when he has very little leverage and even more absurd when you consider the fact that he'd be getting well below that during the three arbitration years covered by the deal. $40 million per year is only being floated by anonymous agents and MLB executives that have no tie to Trout or the Angels and really only being mentioned because it makes for a good headline. That was the whole point I was making in the article. Anonymous sources like to throw out big numbers, like they did with Kershaw supposedly getting $300 million, but the reality always comes up well short.
You can say it is possible, but I am telling you that it is not happening.
1 year, 2 months ago on Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and the pursuit of the $300 million contract extension
@Joemromerobecause they were an 84-win team before that trade ;)
1 year, 2 months ago on Halo Headlines: Angels poised for positive regression, J.T. Snow got Hall of Fame votes
@GeorgeKaplan8I agree, the $300 million figure seems like a stretch, but I used that figure as a sort of pie-in-the-sky number just to put in perspective how things might be if he really does get a crazy extension. I really can't envision the extension being much bigger than that. I think the rhetoric about how great Trout is and how much he should be paid has inflated the numbers to unrealistic levels.
1 year, 2 months ago on Signing Tanaka, extending Trout and mutual exclusivity
@angels1961Yes, they will need to be replaced, but they have plenty of time to figure that out and hopefully Tanaka would be able to join Trout as a franchise cornerstone to build around.
@ChaseKimuraA good point, one I touched on in a previous article, so I didn't want to dwell on it here. I strongly believe they should just pay the tax this year. They should have a relatively easy time getting back under the tax line next season, so they won't get hammered with the increased tax rate.
@Rick K.Not saying that at all, just saying that I can foresee a scenario in which Dipoto sacrifices Kendrick's productivity in order to clear his salary and get back under the luxury tax line.
1 year, 2 months ago on Halo Headlines: Angels sign Mark Mulder, Braves not pursuing Howie Kendrick
1 year, 3 months ago on Finding a platoon partner for Raul Ibanez
@ShuebBaafeha, yeah, that was a pretty glaring typo. I guess I just have Trout on the brain. Although, now it makes me ponder what Trout actually would fetch in a posting scenario for Trout.
1 year, 3 months ago on Halo Headlines: proposing a $400 million extension for Mike Trout, Tanaka close to being posted
@Joemromero Miami does not seem inclined to trade Stanton, at least not this winter. Even if they did, the Angels have nothing close to the kind of package that it will take to get him.
1 year, 3 months ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
@Under_Dog_Leftyfirst off, Robbie Ray is a starting pitcher and was the centerpiece of that deal. Second, the story came out later that the Angels offered Kendrick for Fister and got shot down. There were also several GMs that later came out and said they had no idea Detroit was shopping Fister. Yes, Detroit got a poor return that maybe the Angels could've matched, but it was the fault of Detroit's GM for not actually surveying the market.