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I have to say that Bandy looks way older than 24, facially. He looked really good behind the plate, too, for such a big dude. Very polished for AA, so I thought he was one of these guys I'd never heard of who had been on ML rosters and was sent down to AA to be kind of a player coach. Maybe to try to save Sappington's career or fix something with Bedrosian or whatever, Crash Davis-style. His bat looked much healthier/quicker than Cowart's too so at 24, hell yes, it's pretty close to time to bring him up.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/la-angels-prospects-jett-bandy.html

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Don't worry about the loss of Diaz. He will go on to be hammered in Colorado as every pitcher is, lose all confidence, and will never realize any potential he may have had. As for Rutledge being replacement value: that's what he should be as a utility infielder. All is well. Do not become cynical.

3 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-grading-the-winter-meetings-hamilton-needs-to-step-up.html

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I'll be the first to mention Cowart. As in, it's time to move on from even considering him. As I believe DiPoto has done. He has...wait for it..."options" now. I already said that I like the idea of using Green at second to see if he can hack it and using Featherston as utility this season to give him a taste might help him prepare to try third in '16. Or, if Green can't handle second they could try Featherston there in '16 or even stretches of '15. Having options is fun!


Also, having an apparent glut of pitching is fun! I like this DiPoto guy! He's, you know, excitin'! But it would be sad to see Wilson go. He has a nice car dealership in Oxnard. Even though I own no Mazda product, they make a nice car. I'd like my wife to look at the Mazda 6 when she finally decides to unload this lemon of a Lexus. OK, that has nothing to do with baseball so let's ship him off. I hear many teams are looking for pitching and I'm all about giving the young players a chance. Hell, if Freese has any value, send him off, too. OK, that might be too much youth in too many places at once. But I never understood the fascination with Freese and I really think the Angels view him as "stopgap", anyway, so maybe his loss wouldn't hurt  that much.


OK, let's start the season!

4 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-winter-meetings-recap.html

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And why would we care, said the Los Angeles resident.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/who-moves-to-los-angeles.html

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"Kentrail is vey popular for American babies name and its popularity ranking is very high in all the years ranging from 2010, 2011 , 2012 and 2013. Kentrail is not a popular first name but a very popular surname or last name for all people." So...maybe it's his mom's family name? His middle name is Latron so there's Disney scifi movie fans in the family. Just be glad there are no apostrophes thrown in there.


I'm voting they give first shot at second to Green. Let's find out what he can do. They traded for him so why not get some use out of him? I'd rather they tried him at third but I'd also never take the bet that Beckham will hit better all of a sudden. Rutledge can back up.

5 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-not-done-getting-better-scouting-taylor-featherston.html

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I'll miss Howie and maybe this will help me get over the McCourt years where I essentially forgot about the team I grew up watching. But maybe this move, along with the Rutledge trade, makes the Angels better overall. They will certainly lose production at second but the additional pitching is always welcome and it shows that Jerry knows he has to get younger around the diamond while those expensive stars age. Overall, I like it even though I'm a little depressed at the moment.


Maybe I won't get over it that quickly. Still missing all those years in March where I could turn on the Dodgers game at 10am and then switch to the Angels at noon. I was my favorite month by far. Stupid night exhibition games.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/trade-alert-howie-kendrick-traded-to-dodgers-for-andrew-heaney.html

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Sound familiar? Hell, yes, it sounds familiar. Early Joe Blanton. I stopped reading after that question.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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Anybody with a 3B after their name would be nice. I could be way off base here but I seem to remember that in addition to an inability to hit, Cowart takes a long time to load up for the throw to first. Or anywhere for that matter. If he starts pitching again I'd guess he would be a human rain delay of Rich Gale-ian proportions. Of course, my memory on this could be completely wrong, too. I was pretty disgusted with the slow motion swing and misses he was taking (not to mention weak ground balls) so I may have also been hyper-critical about everything else he did.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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But...how often does everything go according to plan?


I'd guess his nickname will be Mr. D'Arby. But only if a teammate wants to admit to reading Jane Austen.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-beckham-and-leblanc-officially-non-tendered-angels-banking-on-pitching-depth.html

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Twenty-three and already in decline. Sad. Well, you know what they say: After twenty-one it's patch, patch, patch.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-cant-afford-moncada-is-trout-already-in-decline.html

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Bill James addresses my exact concerns about WAR. It may be useful, but is it the end-all? Obviously not, with all the other systems available. Nice that The Monkey usually brings in about three systems for comparison. But are they the right systems?


"Well, my math skills are limited and my data-processing skills are essentially nonexistent. The younger guys are way, way beyond me in those areas. I’m fine with that, and I don’t struggle against it, and I hope that I don’t deny them credit for what they can do that I can’t. 

"But because that is true, I ASSUMED that these were complex, nuanced, sophisticated systems. I never really looked; I just assumed that the details were out of my depth. But sometime in the last year I was doing some research that relied on these WAR systems, so I took a look at them, and ... they’re not very impressive. They’re not well thought through; they haven’t made a convincing effort to address many of the inherent difficulties that the undertaking presents. They tend to get so far into the data, throw up their arms and make a wild guess. I don’t know if I’m going to get the time to do better of it, or if it will be left to others, but ... we’re not at anything like an end point here. I assumed that these systems were a lot better than they actually are."

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-mike-trout-voted-unanimous-al-mvp-yankees-inquire-on-howie-kendrick-trade.html

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Woo hoo! The Angels sign Pestano! I've been a big fan since he was with the Indians and enjoyed his work with the Angels last season. Of course, this means he will now take an equally big dump next season.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-interested-in-trade-for-saunders-sign-rp-jeremy-mcbryde.html

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About that "win-win" article on the trade with Houston, "they [the Angels] trade from a position of depth"? Nothing in the minors and they have depth? The sentence just stuck me as odd.

1 month, 1 week 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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Why would it be a big deal to have a prospect at 3A? 3A is just a parking lot for has-been insurance policies for the big club. The real talent has been at 2A for years now.

1 month, 1 week 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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Yes, let's not invoke the Uggla for fear of jinxing ourselves. And don't summon anything you can't banish. It better be a rock-solid deal or just keep Howie.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-richards-on-track-in-recovery-howie-kendrick-trade-possibilities.html

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Luckily, I never saw Skaggs pitch and I'll avoid him in the future. I don't think I could take another Rich Gale. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/questioning-tyler-skaggs-2014-season.html

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Wow! That's great! Throw him in a trade while he has some value.


I'm not buying in. He still can't pitch well with men on and especially with inherited men on base. And, yes, I do realize I have no statistical evidence to back that up, just the anecdotal evidence of my horrifying memories of him coming in to those situations.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/questioning-kevin-jepsens-2014-season.html

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Weaver could be a good example of how we'd rather trade him "a year too soon than a year too late." Of course, that was REALLY true last off season. I'd have to call us lucky he rebounded a little this season; maybe he could be worth a little more in trade or somebody could be conned into thinking it's OK to take on his full salary.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/questioning-jered-weavers-2014-season.html

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OK, I know lipstick when I see it on a pig. Saying Coward had a better second half is like saying the Italian navy had a better second half of WWII. It would be great if the kid could turn it around but there's looking on the bright side and there's just plain crazy.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-trout-wins-hank-aaron-award-joe-maddon-unlikely-to-return-to-anaheim.html

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Well, Sizemore and his lack of attractiveness are off the table. At least as a signee.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-offseason-acquisition-targets.html

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Using Freese in a trade doesn't sound like a horrible idea. I'd kind of like to see what Green could do at third for a season. But then I wanted to see what Jerome Williams could do as a starter and Travis Ishikawa could do at first before Pujols got there. I'm a crap GM.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/questioning-david-freeses-2014-season.html

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I can see Wolf's retired number on the field wall at my son's high school from where I sit to watch my son at football practice. Kind of sad his career path got so bumpy for, probably, the whole second half of it. He didn't seem like a bad guy. Unlike Jeff Weaver, who went to MY high school and came off as pretty much of a di..."jerk" for his entire career.


Carpenter looked pretty sharp in 2A, just not in the bigs. Classic 4A player.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/every-jerry-dipoto-move-for-the-2014-season-reviewed.html

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So, as good as it sounded, the analysis in that "Tale Of The Tape" thing didn't really work out very well. I guess that's why they play the games. Still not a believer in the "fighting to the end keeps you sharp" theory? After all, it's how the Angels won in '02.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/second-guessing-angels-royals-alds-game-3-its-all-over.html

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3-2 and 4-1? That's the players failing to strike the ball. The pitching is right on their season average (even better, really, with those extra innings). It should never have reached the point where Scioscia could make some minute mistake. That whole "taking the division too soon and losing their edge" thing may be a myth in an overall statistical sense but maybe it seems to be seared into me as a reality because it has happened to those of us in L.A. an inordinate number of times.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/second-guessing-angels-royals-alds-game-2-nothing-works.html

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Well, the part about Weaver exiting early was well predicted. The part about those two pitches in the third must have been a little hazy. Not really the tune up he wanted, I'll bet.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-mariners-vs-conflicted.html

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Any theoretical matchup improvement Thatcher gives has evaporated over the past few weeks. He's been absolutely sh..."ineffective". Don't waste the roster spot.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-thatcher-uncertain-to-make-postseason-roster-trout-wont-change-game-for-postseason.html

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"Come for the hazing, stay for the mildly racist/sexist/generally offensive costumes."


In other words, they had fun?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-josh-hamilton-gets-more-pain-killing-injections-scioscia-considering-three-man-rotation.html

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I don't usually carry animosity toward a former Angels player. Fraudney is a different story. Grrr!

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-153-salt-lake-bees-of-anaheim-mariners-3-angels-1.html

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Rotator cuff: the stealth problem.


Maybe Shoemaker isn't as hurt as claimed. He's never pitched this far into a season so maybe it's just a little vacation. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-hamilton-injured-again-weaver-has-start-pushed-back.html

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I'm glad somebody else mentioned the Trout bad-route-ball-over-the-head thing. I guess it really can happen to anybody.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-151-whatever-mariners-13-angels-2.html

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"Totally not cool, bro." Where did I hear that just recently? Yesterday. Was it..I know! Cinema Sins! Uh...Everything Wrong With Crimson Tide? No. Everything Wrong With Spiderman 2? Argh! It will come to me. "Nut shot. Not cool, bro." Honest Trailer For Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Gotta check my History. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-146-brought-to-you-by-the-letters-hbp-angels-7-rangers-3.html

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An interesting question is alluded to above. Does the "casual fan" actually blame Mike Butcher for any Angels' pitching woes, real or imaginary? Does the casual fan even know who Mike Butcher is? I'm only slightly above "casual" and I don't blame the coaches, I blame the playa for any sub-par performance. I will go so far as to say that when coaches get fired, odds are that ownership is just trying to appease the rioting villagers for the team's crappy record/all-around poor performance. You know, the whole "sacrificial lamb" thing; can't fire the players so fire the coach. Now, I'm curious.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-2015-schedule-released-jairo-diaz-added-to-roster.html

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And Guy Frieri gets released by the Pirates. Wow, talk about your flash in the pan. Too bad, he helped the Angels, mostly. Maybe he can pull it together somehow.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-pick-up-dipotos-2015-option-scouting-kenta-maeda.html

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Let's hope the Astros are using up all their hit for the series tonight. Very ugly.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-astros-vs-comedown.html

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Difficult to believe there were no headlines this morning. The Angels do get ignored a lot, even with the best record. Very annoying.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-athletics-vs-round-2.html

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The Angels just can't get on the same field as the A's. If they had Richards we could hope for a Major League-style playoff series. As it is...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-athletics-vs-the-showdown-begins.html

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Well, that was a horrifying sight! I'm hoping it's not the patella tendon. Remember that Pedro Guerrero was never the same after rupturing his.


What up with the page formatting? An entire article shows up here for a few seconds and then it gets wiped out/covered over by Jeff Fletcher's tweet (which I assume was an earlier posting) and an ad. Happens on both my iPad and iMac. Something is very, very wrong here!

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/garrett-richards-suffers-devastating-knee-injury.html

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"Albert Pujols isn’t “ALBERT PUJOLS” anymore." LOL!!

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/a-different-solution-to-josh-hamiltons-slump.html

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I had to go and write that about Street. What a dipstick. Note to self, the universe always tends toward the perverse.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-120-kole-to-the-rescue-angels-5-rangers-4.html

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Let's take a moment, or the day, to revel in having the best record in baseball after Saturday's game, shall we?


And I know we're supposed to ridicule the "proven closer" thing but, damn, it has sure been wonderfully, calmingly, deliciously boring when leading in the ninth inning lately. I kind of like it.


And who is this Al Sharpton look-alike NFL owner below?

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-120-kole-to-the-rescue-angels-5-rangers-4.html

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Oh, here we go. I don't want to see the Mariners in that one game Wild Card playoff.

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

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See what happens when Jepsen comes into a fractional inning? DAMN, what a mess!

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

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And for those seeking immediate gratification, the Travs seem to have beat up on RJ Alvarez pretty good last night. With Caleb Cowart also getting his contractually obligated every-other-game hit it must have been a pretty fun night.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/monkeying-aroung-with-the-dog-days-of-summer.html

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I think they call "a seven-foot tall, furry Rally Monkey" a Wookiee.


And Trout will change his number right about the time he leaves the Angels to free agency. All Guerrero celebrations will be put on hold until then. Who on earth is going to tell him, "Bro, you need new digits" while there is any chance of re-signing him?

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/monkeying-aroung-with-the-dog-days-of-summer.html

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