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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.

4 days, 9 hours 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."

4 days, 16 hours 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 week, 4 days 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.

2 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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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.

2 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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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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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. 

3 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 4 days 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.

3 weeks, 4 days 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.

4 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 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.

1 month 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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 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!

2 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. 

2 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.

2 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. 

2 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.

2 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 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.

2 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...

2 months, 4 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 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!!

3 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.

3 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?

3 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.

3 months, 1 week 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!

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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?

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/monkeying-aroung-with-the-dog-days-of-summer.html

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Well, I AM old enough to remember Fregosi. It was kind of tough for them when all the attention was on Koufax, Drysdale, Wills and the Davis brothers but Fregosi was good enough to get some people (ME!) to watch the Angels while I was in JrHigh and high school.


In more recent history, there will not be many innings where Calhoun gets two hits (and an RBI in each AB) and Trout strikes out twice. Even with noted rally killer Trout racking up the K's, that 7 run inning was pretty sweet.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-phillies-vs-fregosi.html

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I'm officially worried about the Angels but I do feel better about one thing; I saw that Frieri was DFA'd and I expected to see the Angels had picked him up by this morning. That would be a nightmare coming true. 


I hope the Pestano pickup works out. There were a few years that I really wished he was in an Angels uniform, the guy was awesome. Maybe he can figure it out again if his decline isn't injury related. 


Very unfortunate about Skaggs. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angles-news-tyler-skaggs-to-have-tommy-john-surgery-cron-demoted-to-minors.html

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Wilson's line last night pretty much speaks for itself. No comment necessary. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-acquire-vinnie-pestano-scioscia-says-wilson-needs-to-get-back-on-the-beam.html

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Nice Bull Durham reference. At least they're not lollygagging.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-112-dropping-the-ball-dodgers-5-angels-4.html

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Speaking of "strength on strength", Kevin Jepsen is fine when brought into a game to start an inning and the Angels have a good-sized lead. Jepsen is fine when brought into a game to start an inning and the Angels are behind. Jepsen will be..."less than fine" when brought into a game during an inning and has inherited runners. And Jepsen will be less than fine when brought in to start a late inning and the game is tied. Basically, Jepsen is fine in low-leverage situations and less so in high-leverage situations. Tied in the ninth, on the road, is not really when you want to see him on the bump.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-inside-trout-vs-kershaw-pujols-teach-puig-a-lesson.html

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So, I guess the "CJ's well enough to come off the DL" idea was somewhat inaccurate.

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

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On the other hand, teams with supposedly unbeatable rosters have failed in pretty spectacular fashion, too. To reach into the bag of clichés, that's why they play the games.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-content-with-lack-of-additional-trades-skaggs-to-be-examined-for-forearm-tightness.html

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Blah, blah, "cause and effect"...blah, blah, "no historical relationship"...blah, blah. I HATE the All Star break.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-106-youre-not-paying-attention-orioles-4-angels-3.html

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So...Garrett Richards is Rogue?? It may have been timely if he had used his powers last night.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-likely-to-stand-pat-at-deadline-wilson-to-return-on-saturday.html

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This guy is rapidly overtaking OP for me. Good with the glove and surprising with the bat. Except for the power numbers but that's fine for a backup. You don't want to bring in a guy that hurts you badly in any one area *cough* Carlos Pena. And the ability to rest Pujols without severe penalty seems to help everyone involved. Love it!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/efren-navarro-the-angels-latest-outfielder-cult-hero.html

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You can always count on a couple of "0-fers" after a Cowart multi hit game. Rare as they are, and using anecdotal evidence, I think I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest he goes three games without a hit after that 3-4 performance. 0-4 last night gets him well on his way.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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Maybe an article on Jered Weaver's vanishing something-or-other would be good right about now. Last night was ugly. Again.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/josh-hamiltons-vanishing-power.html

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