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What's this from At Bat that just popped up on my phone? Angels trying to work out something with the Rangers for Hamilton? Please, God, don't let it be this Choo deal, as laid out here. Someone to replace Cron wouldn't be the worst thing, though.

9 hours, 47 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/who-says-no-trading-josh-hamilton.html

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Great RE24 chart...of some other game. Featherston wasn't even on the field and Freese didn't do a thing. And the commentary doesn't match.


Yes, Chavez joins the Oakland ranks as a guy, no, an unknown guy who pops up and throttles the Angels. That's also my first recollection of Joe Blanton, actually. And why are these guys so often A's? Anyway, let's hope Tropiano isn't one of these guys. He doesn't have to be great. A #3 would be fine.


Oh, fans will turn on ANYONE who is not performing. Or, at least, reach a realization the guy should maybe consider retirement.

10 hours, 36 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-16-one-hit-wonder-angels-2-athletics-0.html

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Well, I'm not going to second guess Scioscia about pulling Weaver. After surviving 93 pitches he needed to come out; collapse was eminent. 


And, hey! How about Tropiano?Let's be thankful for pitching depth, even if it is young and inexperienced.

18 hours, 38 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-weaver-wants-a-longer-leash-iannetta-discusses-framing-improvements.html

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Yup, Hector looked pretty darn good. He seemed a little tentative after the home run for a few hitters but he's got to learn to shake that off and not aim the ball. He is much better when just lets it go. What I really wish for is that the Angels could sort of even out their offense. They go so many games without hitting well and then pile them all up in one game. Couldn't we find a way to get this evened out a little? Maybe 4 runs a game instead of that 2 we see so much of?


And look, I guess it isn't technically a late inning defensive replacement situation since twice this past week Featherston pinch hit for Freese in the late innings, but with one outright replacement added in that's really three times in the past week that Freese has been swapped out for defensive purposes (that I can think of). Actually, it's a good way to get Taylor the occasional AB and get a little used to MLB pitching. A great idea and it paid off last night with a sac fly.


Go, Johnny, Go! Johnny B. Goode!

2 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-14-aint-nuthin-but-a-johnny-g-thang-angels-14-athletics-1.html

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Re: The Plan. Sounds good to me. Better than that Choo trade idea, anyway.


Restrain Skaggs, if there is any question at all. It's a shorter rehab for position players but pitchers can often take (or *should* often take) well over a year to see game play again. It might be nice to see him face a few batters at the end of the season but it's certainly not necessary. Err on the side of safety, please.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-have-comeback-plan-for-hamilton-bedrosian-called-up-navarro-demoted.html

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I'm voting "No". Not about getting rid of Hamilton, about taking on Choo for that long. They'd have to take on Hamilton's money AND give up a couple of decent prospect for me to think about it.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/who-says-no-trading-josh-hamilton.html

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JOSH filed for divorce? Odd. I assumed the reverse. And it worries me. He dropped the bomb on Katie AND he thinks he can take care of the addiction problem on his own? Looks like he's reaching God status in his own mind. His mental stability don't look real good here, from the outside looking in. I hope he has plenty of health packs stored up.


Maybe we should give Bullitt 2-3 starts before we declare a return to normalcy. Look at the trouble Harding got into over it.


Yeah, you'd think Newk (Much better than Weave, "Newk LaLoush". Maybe even "Nuke Nukem" Get it? Newcomb? I take it back, I prognosticate that teammates are  going to christen him "Duke".) would have been rated in a vacuum. Isn't that what a scout is supposed to do?

3 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-hamiltons-wife-reacts-to-divorce-filing-richards-encouraged-by-debut.html

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Holy smoke! I was just going to say that the team is rightly concerned that Josh is taking on his addiction issues all by his lonesome, which I believe is a problem for most addicts. Then you add in the divorce aspect and it's no wonder the team sees disaster looming. If he felt he needed a boost after an argument with the wifey (and it must have been a fairly monumental blowout considering the eventual result), how and when will that need pop up again? And again? What if the fight was about some other relapses that haven't become public? They surely will be aired when court proceedings start and that would not be good.


"The team should support him." OK, that's nice. They like him and all. Is an employer required to sit at his home to babysit the employee who isn't working very hard (or at all) to help himself? Again, doing it on your own might make for a great Lifetime movie but I don't think it happens all that often in real life. Especially with the continuing pressure of a divorce, with children, pressing down on him.


I'm now voting the team get rid of him. And it wouldn't bother me a bit if they used every legal means at their disposal to recoup some of their losses. Very sad for him but propping him up just so they can get him out on the field once in a while seems more like enabling than letting him fail and (one would hope) realizing he needs help of a more effective nature.

4 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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Not sure I'd dismiss MLB's position on the Hamilton contract. I'm not a lawyer and I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. But...the MLBPA did, apparently, have their chance to review said contact. I wonder how a judge will react to the "This wording was so obviously wrong and against the JDA that we didn't have it excised" excuse. He may look at it and decide, "You had your bite at the apple. Tough patooties." (I hear from my friends at big shot L.A. law firms that this is accurate leagal-speak.) Maybe it isn't so contrary to the JDA and all we're seeing is blustering by the (soon to be) "aggrieved" party, the MLBPA. Maybe, just maybe, we haven't heard the entire story and there is something pretty bad the public hasn't heard yet. All are possible.


Yup. Jeremy Jefress totally hopes this. Since I have no idea who he is, I'm going to assume he's pretty far down on the pay totem pole. Further, I will assume he was heading for "down and out" status pretty quickly and reached for the lifeline that has saved him so far. At one time, Josh was also hungry enough to accept whatever help he got. It looks to me like, more and more, Josh is *not* accepting much outside help these days, choosing instead to select his own help. And it may not be helping quite as much.


Yes. "Bullett" sucks. Bullett Richards has no ring to it. No bounce; it doesn't roll off the tongue. Not like "Sudden" Sam McDowell. And "we can’t let that be minimized by a nickname, especially one that isn’t even that good" should apply to all. "Weave" sounds like a haircut afterthought. "Garrulous" Garrett Richards? No, that wouldn't work; not even a little bit. This nickname thing is more difficult than I thought.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-ask-employees-to-keep-working-during-anthem-mlb-backs-angels-in-hamilton-contract-debate.html

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I guess it's a good thing the Angels stocked up on starters, eh? They're young but with useful upside. All that's needed is experience.


Boy, trading for a left fielder? Cespedes? I would hesitate to call him a clubhouse cancer or whatever out of fear of hurting his feelings but this guy just can't stick anywhere for very long. Something must be..."less than right" about him. Or his play. However, a full time left fielder would let Joyce go back to his preferred position of DH. I'd take Gordon in a second. The other guys, not so much.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-at-a-crossroads.html

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Man, that defensive replacement they brought in at third made a nice play in the ninth. I think he was number 42. They should consider using him more often.


I really hate to help the Rangers but both Andrus and Beltre got funky bounces on a play each didn't make. Maybe they coulda/shoulda been made but they weren't.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-9-in-the-lane-angels-10-rangers-2.html

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I certainly hope the team doesn't rush in on returning Richards to the active roster. His line really didn't look good the other night, I wish I could have seen it. He didn't look bad in spring training but that could be an illusion.


Of course the Texas players are supporting Josh; they're good little union zombies. 


Crikey! Baldoquin makes Cowart look good! And that's not easy to do.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-hamiltons-contract-does-have-relapse-clauses-no-decision-on-richards-return-date-yet.html

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No, it'll be fine! Just call up Randy Gri...oh.


How does Salt Lake get by without a center fielder, btw? Use two left fielders?

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-8-drew-ined-rangers-8-angels-2.html

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It was the Drew-meister getting sent down after the game. He'll learn from this. Sat next to him at a game last season while he was charting pitches. Seems like a quiet, kind of intense guy. The studious kind, I'd hope, rather than the serial killer kind. For performance or in favor of Richards might be more difficult to know. Except for getting lit up by Fresno, Richard's rehab start still looked a little...disappointing. I'm guessing five innings, seven hits and four walks is not quite what they wanted to see. He did get 91 pitches in, though, so if the exercise was all they were looking for maybe this will be enough. 


I see Cowart had two hits last night, bringing his season average up to .167. That would fit right in on the big club. Maybe they should have promoted him rather than demoted him. Still, it's the same pattern we saw with the Travs; get a few hits, go several games hitless. It just won't do.


"Craven opportunist", said the internet blogger (or whatever Bernhardt is) about the ultra-smart bazillionaire. That savors of sour grapes.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-wilson-attacking-hitters-by-working-faster-moreno-a-craven-opportunist.html

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@monkeywithahalo Do not misrepresent my words. I said I felt that judgement was implied and that I felt it was a writing style designed to illicit, more accurately, to prevent, a response. If you say it was not, I will take you at your word. But it sure resembles what has become a very common tactic from certain quarters.


And it now appears the words ARE there, the argument against being that the JDA supersedes them.


I don't think you're being too mean with Arte. I just don't see the basis of your argument. And I fail to understand the vehemence behind it. It's a business. It's HIS business. When it's OUR business we may run it the way we desire, within league rules. If he thinks this guy has done something in contravention to his contract he can fight it tooth and nail, for all I care. It's not like Josh is going to be left out in the cold (He is guaranteed the money for this season, at the least.) and it's not like we'd be losing a player so productive he couldn't be replaced. Can we really know that Arte isn't really just personally offended by what he sees as a slap in the face to baseball and, yes, himself? Maybe that's all that's motivating him. Like the commenter above, maybe he just thinks these guys get away with murder; in this case it's with his money and pride. That would fit in with what you wrote about the CJ Wilson case. I just can't believe you can't see a side where Arte is right. Or, at least, fighting for what he thinks is right.


Dude, seriously. I've never seen you write an article like this before. It freaks me out a little.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/the-angels-are-greedy-jerks-or-greedy-jerks.html

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@monkeywithahalo Realistically, we don't have much of a way to know what's going on behind the scenes. If we claim we do, we've committed the same error Alix Bryan did; our conjecture is reality. Because it's, you know, so obviously true. And we should be harsh with them, but I'd do so more for baseball decisions. That's their job. To make the decisions that help or hinder the team. We'd hope for more "help" than "hinder" but call them on the times they actually, measurably hurt the team.


No, what really demands reprimand is when this Lena Dunham type of thinking comes in because it's NOT about the team. It's a writing style designed to stifle response from readers and close down discussion on the matter. Like calling someone you disagree with a racist. I can't sit here while the "this is my opinion/reality and if you disagree you're a jerk, too" bomb gets thrown. Let's not equivocate, that's exactly what happened here and it's beneath you. You are a better writer than to try to get your way by using this strategy. If you have some social agenda that you think you're fighting for don't take it out on us if we don't agree. Just say it's your position and move on. The clear implication above is that there's something morally wrong with the team and, by association, us if we agree in any way and I have to comment when that tactic gets used.


But this is really nothing. If you want to start a flame war of scorched earth proportions just write a post titled, "Which is the best defensive round; 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP?" No prisoners get taken there.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/the-angels-are-greedy-jerks-or-greedy-jerks.html

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Can't wait to see ol' Sherm next week! He's been ripping it up.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/the-most-fascinating-fringe-angels-prospects.html

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It's a little early to decide you're not pitching at all this season. It will only be about a year since the surgery, so a tad ahead of schedule, but a couple of of minor league appearances might not be such a bad idea for rehab purposes. If only the minor league season went farther into September. AFL? It's not really designed for that, I guess, but somebody needs to come up with a way to get all these TJ guys back in shape during the winter. Something that doesn't involve Venezuela, one would hope.


So, the team can protect itself with a lesser known player but not the megabux star? Maybe it was ok 3-4 years ago but not in 2015? Good intentions assigned to one case but not the other? I'm so confused. I am unable to decide who to hate. This is why I need the nanny state to tell me what to do. 


And that Pujols comment. Hoping he doesn't get more money for an actual accomplishment rather than getting paid to be the team distraction (Hamilton's best position while with the Angels)? I'm only supposed to be behind a player with self-destructive tendencies? Is there a term for "beyond confused"? I need some parameters defined.


And my dog is, well, "sick as a dog" so I can't go see my son's academic advisor this morning in case she needs to barf some more. What a messed up day this is. My head hurts.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-scioscia-wants-to-meet-with-hamilton-trout-an-amateur-meteorologist.html

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Have you ever seen when a guy who isn't a full time first baseman gets put into a game? Everything looks weird, like he's not quite going where he is supposed to. And it's more noticeable because he's in almost every shot of the pitcher. It was nice to see Featherston always go where he was supposed to, as compared to the other guy playing second. It's not that he's bad, it just looks like every move has to be thought out. Not very smooth. Not unlike the guy unfamiliar with playing first.


Heck, Featherston didn't even embarrass himself at short. I'd be very interested to see him at third.


Oh, and if Cain drops that ball last April, Pujols is safe. Just sayin'.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-6-royal-pains-royals-9-angels-2.html

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And every game got progressively worse. That's remarkable. On the plus side, it won't take five series, or whatever, for the Angels to take a series. So they've got that going for them.


How about sending a defensive replacement in for Freese on the opening lineup card?

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-6-royal-pains-royals-9-angels-2.html

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Weaver is still doing what a pitcher is supposed to do: Altering his velocity within his range (heck, I saw an "86" on Saturday!) and moving the ball around but, after just one turn through the batting order, it looked like BP. So, yeah, something's wrong.


And David Freese is not a good third baseman. I'm new to this conclusion but it seems fairly obvious now that the veil has been lifted. He looks awkward on the ball hit right at him. And he just can't decide where to go on the ball hit 2-3 feet to either side, either overrunning it or standing still and reaching too far for it (depending on velocity). He looks completely unfamiliar with the position. It's ugly. Is it ok for the team to cut a guy for being bad or would they be jerks for injuring his self-esteem, possibly even offending him, while still giving him gobs of money? The PC police require that I ask this question.


Joyce didn't look real smooth out there on Sunday, either. These guys make Giavotella look positively graceful. Maybe "adequate" would be the better word.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-still-not-concerned-about-weaver-wilson-criticizes-angels-for-treatment-of-hamilton.html

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And what if it is about the money? So what? You two would just be different sides of the same argument. Why are they jerks from your side and you're not from their side? Jeez, the "you have to see it my way or [ad hominem attack] police" thing is really getting old. Why isn't this just a difference of opinion? Remember, "You have an opinion and I have an opinion, cool"? What happened to those days? Oh, yeah. That's not allowed anymore. Now it's, "I have an opinion and you're a jerk." It's so nice when everyone has high self esteem. Proudly display those participation trophies!


And why is the player's side more important than the people who earn a lot less yet feed the machine so they can (theoretically) see winning baseball? Don't they deserve ROI for the hard-earned bucks they contribute to the cause? Why should this argument only go one way? I don't really care if Arte's only embarrassed because he strong-armed DiPoto into signing Hamilton. The player knew the language was there so he must abide, just as the team must abide in wording against it. That's the way a contract works. Your agent reads it over (which used to be the only reason for an agent) and decides if he dislikes any clauses or codicils and advises his client on those bases. Sorry, Josh. If the words are there you should be screwed, in a sane world.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/the-angels-are-greedy-jerks-or-greedy-jerks.html

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Oh, yes. That today's game will totally be about Weaver's velocity is right. Especially after his college rotation-mate, who didn't get re-signed after being labelled "rag arm" (short form for all the descriptions of him), looks to be throwing flame by comparison. I wouldn't have minded a couple more seasons of Vargas, except I believe he wanted three.


While Santiago's turn in the rotation is cause to keep the Tums at hand, I don't see a problem with him if he can work to a 3.75 ERA again this season. That's a number Weaver can only hope to see.


OK, got it. Click the "X" the second you see text to banish the annoying .gif's. Now that I have a plug-in to keep the Autoplay Bloguin seems to live on at bay, I wish someone would come up with a plug-in to keep the overused animated .gif away. Yuck.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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You do realize that you don't just get Napoli back with that "undo", right?


A baseball writer once described Mike Piazza as looking like he ran the bases with a refrigerator strapped to his back and Pujols made him look "fleet afoot" on that play.


The Angels undid a lot of bad by dumping Tony Reagins, in my mind. It would take a series of Frank McCourt-esque moves to make me stop following them (the way I stopped following the Dodgers) and nothing about the Josh Hamilton situation comes close to those proportions. Even the stadium thing wouldn't effect me one little bit. How would it effect you?


Those darn Travellers broke out last night in their season opener! Nine runs, and it was a huge help that they didn't have their rally-killer at third. Poor Brian Hernandez. He plays wherever they ask him to, and pretty well, but he'll never get "prospect" mention. The Crash Davis of this generation?

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-scioscia-not-concerned-over-weavers-velocity-richards-strong-in-rehab-start.html

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Speaking of "clanked", how did Freese not get at least one error on those two, uh, "questionably played" ground balls? I guess I'll have to chalk it up to the hometown scorer wanting give his boys hits on the plays, but yeesh! That was ugly. Maybe they need to pull the late inning defensive replacement back off the shelf.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-3-a-whole-new-world-angels-5-mariners-3.html

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Sorry, players don't get to bitch about getting sent to the minors to increase the amount of time the team gets their use. "It's a business" and the teams are just maximizing their use of the rules.


Re: Wilson: "Outlier" is the correct word. How about we wait a few starts before pronouncing him fixed and chanting, "He's number one!" 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-street-hires-an-agent-mlb-wont-investigate-hamilton-leaks.html

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Ok, let's not go all @alixbryan here, blaming the Angels for the leaks. But, how about this?

Moreno squints: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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@mkzane  That's brilliant! Why waste the No. 1 against King Felix? That 81mph "fastball" for the home run was pretty sweet. Can't figure out how he caught up to it. Also can't figure out how Weave (how about "Simi Slinger"?) wasn't the Angel A-Hole.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/boxscore-breakdown-1-deja-vu-all-over-again-mariners-4-angels-1.html

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Efren Navarro, 33 years old and riding on a minor league bus, "Yeah, I was in the show. I was in the show for 21 days once - the 21 greatest days of my life. You know, you never handle your luggage in the show, somebody else carries your bags. It was great. You hit white balls for batting practice, the ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels all have room service, and the women all have long legs and brains."


Hate for Josh? I seriously doubt there's a lot of hate for Josh. Almost everybody wants to see him succeed, as a person. But baseball, as players and agents always tell us when a beloved player opts for free agency, is a business. And the business of baseball must attempt to protect itself from rule breakers of a serious nature. Will Josh being let off with a pat on the head cause a return to the 80's, when drug use was rampant? Not with all the drug testing in place (I hope). But there may be more of an individual instance of a player pulling a Doc Ellis, and surviving to brag about it. Not the example you want your younger players to emulate. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-fretting-over-weavers-velocity-hamilton-as-a-role-model-for-recovering-addicts.html

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I'm sure I saw a lot of text in the series preview article but, past the third or fourth paragraph, I have no idea what was written. Not certain exactly how many paragraphs in it was but I'm not going back to find out. It was the paragraph above the guy throwing...rose petals?...in the air. I reread the first sentence about six times and still have no idea what it said. Pretty sure the only reason I got that far was that the gif's above that point hadn't all loaded yet. The overuse (or even the use) of those animated gif's couldn't possibly be more annoying or distracting. Other than that, I love 'em!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-street-still-open-to-extension-calls-to-investigate-angels-for-hamilton-leaks.html

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"...and his first home run allowed registers 81 MPH on the radar gun." Weave rated too highly. And, for the love of God, can somebody find a better nickname for this guy? Worst nickname in the majors. 


Now, let's see how Wil does today.

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

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Oh, my. Poor, poor pitiful Joshie! So misunderstood, abused-as-a-child, bullied-in-school, forced-to-live-as-a-99%er, [enter your own ridiculous Therapeutic Mentality™ phony baloney excuse]. Yes, I can now see that personal accountability is an arcane concept conjureded out of thin air by Trey Gowdy. Why wasn't this obvious to me before? So glad my vision has cleared.


Obviously the arbitrator is not a baseball fan and can only see ten minutes into the future. This wasn't really about Josh. it's about players coming up who see now what they can get away with.


"That which gets rewarded gets repeated."

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-set-roster-more-fallout-from-hamilton-reactions.html

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Pretty bold predictions, there. But the one I don't like...


Yarborough. With apologies, I have to "Ick" your "Wow". If Featherston can't cut it I'd rather they went outside the organization. Or converted a "failed" shortstop, maybe one that's kind of buried in the depth chart. And I fully admit, I didn't like his attitude on one play. But he also didn't do anything so well as to catch my eye, either.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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Not sure I'd call trading Wilson off as "salary dump". If he's not doing well nobody will take on much salary to get him. Maybe "roster spot dump" would be more accurate.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-weaver-the-likely-opening-day-starter-richards-to-return-as-soon-as-april-19th.html

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So, we're calling the over/under about .230? I'll take the "over" on that one. Even if he ends up being, say, Marco Scutaro with better gap power it wouldn't be such a bad thing to have someone who can be (very) helpful all around the diamond. I still feel like he can be better and have a shot at the 2B job someday.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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None of these options seems to have any more certainty than what the Angels already have. Except Barney, of course. Better defense but not much help with the bat, as is his norm. Nah, just pick one of the kids and stick with him. Just to be contrarian, I say it's Featherston.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-second-base-trade-options.html

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Screw the Rams. They ran to Anaheim. They ran to St. Louis. The hell with them. 


On second thought, since I'm half moved to Missouri, heck YEAH! Come on down to Inglewood, you bastards!

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-aybar-switches-agents-tropeano-gets-a-start.html

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Of course Manfred will wait until the last minute; it's what bureaucrats do. If there is time, they will take it.


Not too sure about Lindstrom. Isn't he getting up into "hard-thrower" territory? As pointed out, that's not really DiPoto's relief profile. Could be good as a change of pace.


Not only will there be more and better players available mid-season, more of the Angels' farmhands will have had a chance to increase their value as trade bait. Also, the draft will have taken place so a new list of PTBNL's will emerge. Waiting does make sense. If one of these guys breaks out at second, so much the better.


Oh, good. CJ Wilson working on his change up. Can't wait for the day CJ Wilson=Geoff Zahn. SO confidence inspiring.


The Los Angeles Angels of Newhall? No, wait: Canyon Country! No, Soledad Canyon (Probably the best place to build a stadium)! Can't wait for the t-shirts!

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-rasmus-out-6-8-weeks-hamilton-decision-by-opening-day.html

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Yeah, not getting the Mariners' hype machine. They look better on paper. That's nice. And nobody thought the Angels could win 98 games last season. It's a tired but always true cliché, that's why they have to play the games.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-richards-wont-break-camp-with-team-second-base-competition-still-wide-open.html

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"Others might view it as the commissioner trying to show compassion to Hamilton". And still others might use an old-timey word for compassion: "enabling". 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-manfred-to-take-time-on-hamilton-decision-trout-and-pujols-share-strong-bond.html

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I'm thinking we see Gott full time next season. This could be a great pickup by DiPoto.


I heard Big Joe got up over 700 lbs. at one point. Wasn't it a listener who recorded that "Big Joe" theme song for him in the early 90's when he was on KMPC?

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-the-decline-of-albert-pujols-newcomb-and-eight-others-sent-down.html

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Rutledge played short today. Maybe HE is the one being looked at for the utility spot.

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So, what was the Farrell stunt about? My guess is an upcoming crap baseball movie about a guy who played for 10 different teams in his career. Or some such.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-worrying-about-weavers-velocity-ferrell-plays-with-the-angels.html

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Oh, good, the "forced rehab" punishment. Because that worked so well in the 90's. Except that, no, it didn't. Only the offender who WANTS to be helped CAN be helped. It may have the appearance of helping for poor little Josh because he has, wait..."had", reached the point where he wanted to get better. But now your "humane" approach has created a whole generation of upcoming players thinking the league has taken a step backward and it will be ok for them to do whatever they want, too. You'll also have a bunch of fans who will say that, "Once again, the rich guy gets off."


Baseball needs to just slap him. He will fix himself is he wants to. Baseball is not his nanny, it will be his choice.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-hamilton-suspension-a-power-struggle.html

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Wow! An actual psychologist! I'll bet you can't find very many of those degrees running around, flipping hamburgers or close to it, trying desperately to say something which may make them relevant. Or not.


1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-will-ferrell-play-angels-wilson-scratched-start.html

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Oh, good. I feel much better knowing it takes an event as rare and as life altering as a spat with the missus to run to the nearest strip joint, where we all know how it is next to impossible to find illicit drugs. My confidence soars.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-hamilton-suspension-a-power-struggle.html

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I think you're onto something about the projection systems' data needs. Can you say, "Small sample size"?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/2015-player-projection-mike-morin.html

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