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And we all know how that turned out.

7 hours, 9 minutes ago on

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It's difficult to believe there isn't a comment from The Monkey after Dave's article.

4 days, 6 hours ago on

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One down, Win one and outright lose another to go.

4 days, 6 hours ago on

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The Biggest Riser and the Biggest Faller certainly reversed their roles. And all in one game. Oh, the irony! This is irony, right?

4 days, 7 hours ago on

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Um...methadone?

5 days, 7 hours ago on

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Angels will NOT start the season 4-8. Right there is your headline for today.

1 week ago on

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At least for last night, it was Cowgill getting the call. Maybe the baseball gods will smile on us.

Oh, look. There's that transfer thing. I shouldn't have gone chronologically through the articles, I guess.

The thing to remember is that the Travs ended up with a winning record for all their travails. As opposed to the Springfield Cards, who looked like crap, yet spent the entire first week at home. Thus is baseball.


1 week, 2 days ago on

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OK, so let's talk about this replay thing. The live umps called the play the way they almost always did over the past, well, since I've been watching baseball. The reverse angle clearly showed this as a fumble on the transfer. So now the batter is suddenly safe in this situation? If they want to change precedent, it's fine, *if they remain consistent about it*. And maybe announce this change to the league(s). Now, how will this effect middle infielders, where we see this happen even more often during potential double plays? Will these also become "runner safe" calls? We won't, but it would be interesting to see how this shakes out during the course of the season. I have a feeling the Angels got hosed on this and the same call won't be made again. Maybe this is a problem with having the off-field ref in effing New York having to make a call in the late innings of a west coast ball game. Like that train crash in O'Hare, it looks to me like dude fell asleep at his job. How about getting someone in the Pacific or Mountain Time Zone to make this kind of judgement call, unimpaired?

1 week, 2 days ago on

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The thing to remember about Skaggs is that Weaver ALSO faced Houston. And Seattle. And was pounded mercilessly. #4? Is this a wish list or a rating of how well they played? And are we entirely certain it's going to be Salas taking Blanton's place?

1 week, 4 days ago on

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I'd have to say "The Skinny" on watching the Angels is exactly correct. From any park. And especially when Weaver is pitching. At least for now.

1 week, 5 days ago on

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Weird or whatever, it worked out. But these errors are worrying me, a continuation of last season's fielding problems. And last night they were by guys you don't really expect them from. OK, a liner to third looks different than a liner to short (and that baby had some hook!), but John McDonald? And SOMEBODY had to get the other one so it had to be Pujols, but come on! That lovely .973 fielding average just isn't going to work, in the long run. We need to see .986, minimum, to be in the top third of all teams. By contrast, the Astros have only one error, by the shortstop? Man, right field, or the outfield in general, seems to be an issue for the Astros even without documented E's. I wonder what they'd be willing to give to get ahold of JB Shuck. 


For one night, at least, Tyler Skaggs ROCKED!

1 week, 6 days ago on

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True, all that above. Trout's homer was spectacular but all three left the yard pretty quickly. I was kind of shocked to see the next morning that Grossman hadn't been released, that was ugly! Kind of like Hamilton in left against Seattle. The God of Bumbling giveth and he taketh away. Baseball usually evens out. Richards; he's going to case a lot of stress for us unless he can figure it out.

1 week, 6 days ago on

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0-3 means it will be tough to start the season 4-8, like the past two seasons.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on

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The Angels are going to have a tough time meeting a new club tradition, the 4-8 start.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on

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I've got nothing but sympathy for the guy. He's had to run around plugging holes like the Dutch boy with a dwindling available budget thanks to the "help" of his "assistant GM" at the head of the table. The negative feeling has also been aided by the subsequent loss of first round draft picks. Whether the draftees had accomplished anything in the past two years is immaterial, those first round picks help give a farm system hope.

I'm not sure how Jerry gets blamed for Greinke not signing with the Angels. Remember the joy at trading for him? We all know the intention was to sign this fellow, the picture of... "capriciousness". My feeling is that the Angels are still better off for not spending the ridiculous money the bidding rose to. Not signing him is probably what allowed the team to sign Trout.

So, yes, let's judge him on "the process" and the wizardry used to pull pitching out of thin air this season. They announced their draft strategy with their picks the past two seasons so let's see what can happen now when he can finally look a little toward the future. It normally takes five years to judge any results by a GM but Jerry got screwed out of his first two years thanks to the hairy-handed machinations of his "helper", well intentioned as they might have been. Let's give him more time. If nothing else, he has been successful at following the direct orders of his boss. The big ones anyway.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on

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Wow! That was so realistic I felt like I was just in the future and saw it all happen. Is this what it feels like to be Dr. Who?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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"They sniffed out an undervalued prospect through hard work and intelligence."


So, you're saying Eddie Bane did this? The Bane of the Angels' farm system? Was he stockpiling this "hard work and intelligence" prior to this point? Did he then use it all up for the upcoming years? Seems improbable. How about that a consensus high pick fell for whatever reason and he was there on the chart so they picked him. Kind of like Weaver and...well, nobody else.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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Gee, that doesn't sound bitter or anything.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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What a horrible choice for a mascot! That kills any chance I might head down to Little Rock to watch them play. I'll have to make do with their trips to play the Cards. Like, in May.

3 weeks ago on

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Not a terrible choice for whipping boy. If I had my way he wouldn't even be on the roster. But if we're sticking to pitching, I'm picking Richards. This guy *should* be good, and I'd be pleased as punch if he were, but I'm thinking we see the word "erratic" in front of his name this season the way we used to see "beleaguered" in front of Apple Computer, Inc. in the 90's. Please prove me wrong, Garrett!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on

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Mike Sciosica isn’t planning on pulling in late innings David Freese for defensive purposes.


This grammatical arrangement happens often enough that I'm going to postulate that The Monkey's first language is German and he might be some sort of deep cover assassin like Lizzie's "husband" Tom on The Blacklist. I waited until I was in an all-brick house  in the Midwest before I disclosed this, however, so I would be able to see any assailant approaching from hundreds of yards in any direction. Just in case I am correct. He could also be old school Amish.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on

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So...Alvarez receives the dreaded asterisk?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Halo Headlines: Romine traded for Alvarez, Pena, Tracy and Torrealba released

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