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@incomparible mick @monkeywithahalo compassion for another human = asshole. Gotcha. Makes sense. FOX NEWZ 4 LIFE!

3 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/lets-talk-josh-hamilton.html

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@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 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/lets-talk-josh-hamilton.html

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@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.

4 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/lets-talk-josh-hamilton.html

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@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 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/handicapping-angels-second-base-competition.html

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@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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/la-angels-news-inside-angels-front-office-number-crunchers.html

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@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 ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/browsing-the-non-tender-bargain-bin.html

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I've been to Fresno. I don't know that it is the armpit of America, but California....

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/hawaii-announcer-apologizes-color-remarks-fresno.html

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@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.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/should-the-angels-try-to-trade-erick-aybar.html

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@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.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/should-the-angels-try-to-trade-erick-aybar.html

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@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.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/should-the-angels-try-to-trade-erick-aybar.html

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@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.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/should-the-angels-try-to-trade-erick-aybar.html

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@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.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/nobody-really-knows-what-the-angels-will-and-wont-do-this-offseason.html

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@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.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-trout-wins-silver-slugger-blue-jays-howie-kendrick-trade-rumor.html

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@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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-athletics-vs-round-2.html

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@Rick K. Uh, yeah. Fixed now. Tweet embedding apparently does some very weird things to the formatting.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/garrett-richards-suffers-devastating-knee-injury.html

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@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.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-rangers-vs-the-heat.html

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@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.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/whats-wrong-with-the-angels-lineup-everything.html

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@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.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/angels-trade-deadline-day-live-tracker.html

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@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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/uncategorized/prospect-stock-prospects-19-11.html

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@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

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-71-indians-5-angels-3.html

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@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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/do-the-angels-actually-have-any-trade-assets.html

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@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.

10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/500-homers-a-culmination-for-pujols-but-not-the-angels.html

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@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.

10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/500-homers-a-culmination-for-pujols-but-not-the-angels.html

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@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 :(

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/david-freese-has-anaheimnesia.html

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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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-west.html

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-joe-blanton-retires-sean-burnett-to-resume-throwing.html

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@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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-joe-blanton-retires-sean-burnett-to-resume-throwing.html

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@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 ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/second-guessing-scioscia-week-1.html

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@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.

11 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/second-guessing-scioscia-week-1.html

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@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.

11 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/what-an-0-3-start-means-for-the-angels.html

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@Rick K.  man, banging on my poor sentence structure and spoiling The Blacklist for me, Rick? Party foul!

11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-blanton-released-burnett-and-moran-progressing.html

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@Rick K.

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 ago on Forget pitching, the Angels are targeting leadership

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@preusvahl5 Yoon would be interesting, but the Angels have not been connected to him in anyway. I know there are plenty of teams that consider him to be a reliever and not a starter, so that could be an issue. As for the Cuban, I don't know much about him, but I don't think he is considered a guy who can jump right into a big league rotation.

1 year, 1 month ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker

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@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, 1 month ago on Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and the pursuit of the $300 million contract extension

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@Joemromerobecause they were an 84-win team before that trade ;)

1 year, 1 month ago on Halo Headlines: Angels poised for positive regression, J.T. Snow got Hall of Fame votes

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@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, 1 month ago on Signing Tanaka, extending Trout and mutual exclusivity

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Signing Tanaka, extending Trout and mutual exclusivity

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@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.

1 year, 1 month ago on Signing Tanaka, extending Trout and mutual exclusivity

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@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

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@Rick K. The offensive bar between a DH and a 2B is much different since an ability to field the position is involved. More to the point though is there is nothing in Green's career that suggests he is especially better against LHP, so there isn't much of a platoon advantage bump in using Green in that manner.

1 year, 2 months ago on Finding a platoon partner for Raul Ibanez

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@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, 2 months ago on Halo Headlines: proposing a $400 million extension for Mike Trout, Tanaka close to being posted

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@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.


As for Choo, it is also highly doubtful. The luxury tax is one problem, but the bigger issue is that they have been quite adamant about being unwilling to forfeit their first round draft choice, which they would do if they signed Choo, Cruz or Morales.

1 year, 2 months ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker

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@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. 


I like what the Angels did with Trumbo, they got two viable starting pitchers who can pitch at #3 starter level next year and have the money to add Garza still. That is like having your cake and eating it too, in my opinion.

1 year, 2 months ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker

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@SoImTheBadGuy Ha, funny. That would never happen though. I'm sure I'be fine. Hey, what this red laser dot that suddenly appeared in the middle of my che-

1 year, 2 months ago on The Sean Burnett conspiracy theory

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 @bginsc We can debate about how much Trumbo was worth offensively, but consider this. Were the Angels going to win if Pujols and Hamilton tanked again even with Trumbo? They had Trumbo last year and it didn't help. As for the team speed, did you forget about Kendrick and Aybar? I mean, the Halos are no longer speed-based, but they definitely still have some speed. So maybe just relax a little bit.

1 year, 2 months ago on TRADE ALERT: Trumbo dealt for Santiago and Skaggs in three-way deal

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@RyanAguirre That's a really tough question to answer because we obviously don't have the medical reports on either player. I'd venture that Halladay would get more than Santana, but both should at least get $5 million guaranteed, maybe as much as $10 million. That is purely a guess though.

1 year, 2 months ago on Alternative routes for the Angels to acquire pitching

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