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Oh, and Ryan Howard isn't with considering in any situation.

2 days, 11 hours 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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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!

2 days, 11 hours 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!

3 days, 11 hours 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.

6 days, 12 hours 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 3 days 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.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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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 week, 6 days 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.

2 weeks 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.


2 weeks 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.

2 weeks, 1 day 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"?

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

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Manfred can, and probably should, stick with that precedent. The "Oops, he did it again/poor baby" position never seems to help either the user or the team/fans. Crash Davis, "They're kids, you have to scare them." If they understand the profit motive, they'll sure as hell understand profit punishment. The example is more for the other players than the offender, who will only change when he decides to. And relapse when he [consciously] decides to.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-pestano-trying-stay-relevant-perspective-potential-hamilton-suspension.html

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I'm not sure why but I'd like to see Featherston at least hang on to the utility spot and maybe get a shot at second when Rutledge fails to hit. Rutledge could be ok in the utility spot.


These guys who don't like the Angels rotation didn't get to see it close up the past few years. It's a comparative thing; they look awesome, if young, to me by the standard of recent seasons.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-richards-faces-live-batters-angels-royals-game-delayed-bees.html

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Oh, good golly! Does this mean not everyone buys into the therapeutic mindset? That there are still people out there who believe the rules are there for a reason? That poor little Joshie is all growed up and should actually face consequences for things he does? I mean, there is an argument to be made that the unfortunate Josh just tripped and fell with his nose right over that random vein of un-mined cocaine and he accidentally breathed some in. Yeah, that's it. It was an accident. And maybe someone will actually believe that the time he misses won't hurt the team and that he won't come back as the same Josh we saw in the '14 ALDS for about a month. And that even those warm, cuddly, nurturing fans who now say we have to be understanding will be booing their guts out in his second at-bat of the evening after about a week of Mario Mendoza-like performance, caused by his voluntary time missed on the field. (Voluntary in the sense that he knew what he was doing.) 


Yeah, sure, I can go along with that. Maybe we can even get him his Participation Trophy at the end of the season, even if he gets suspended for said season.


But I won't be cowed into having, or not having, an opinion. That Lena Dunham bullshit doesn't work here. Baseball is, for better or worse, a business. If Josh hurts that business it could be a valid decision by his employer to terminate their relationship. Even to 18 year old me, then batting champ Alex Johnson was such a dick on the field that he had to go, personal demons or not. It's not the job of the employer to always be there to prop up an employee with personal issues. It's the job of the employer to sign the paycheck and decide what's best for the business. Which is also usually best for the fans, unless one is Jeffrey Loria.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-panel-split-on-hamilton-suspension-richards-takes-fielding-practice.html

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Donald Sterling? Can't relate. Biggest Lakers fan ever (Rest in peace, Chickie Baby!) from the days of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, through Magic, Kareem, et al, but haven't watched the NBA since Jordan turned it into the Glory Hog, One On One League. I'm a baseball fan so the reference is lost on me.


"I’m pretty sure this was written as a veiled way to list the sad graveyard of failed Angels third base prospects." Yes, he might as well have gone all the way back to Aurelio Rodriguez. Hell, why not start with Paul Schaal, who took one in the face and ended up in Kansas City?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-hamilton-suspended-least-25-games-richards-wont-ready-opening-day.html

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Let's face it, the real story is at the bottom of the page, "LITTLE CAESARS TO ROLL OUT BACON-WRAPPED DEEP DISH PIZZA". That's some good reporting right there.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-market-bat-richards-outstanding-bullpen-session.html

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Better get some Neosporin for the burn Dave Schoenborn gave Alex Yarbrough in the Spring Invitees list, "Alex Yarbrough is supposedly a prospect -- and the Angels need a second baseman -- but he struck out 124 times while drawing just 33 walks and hitting five home runs in Double-A". "Supposedly"? Ouch!

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

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That "Richards doesn't have to be back on day one" thing is nice and all but maybe they shouldn't even be planning for the second time through the rotation. Maybe something more like 2-4 weeks after day one would be more realistic. This torn patella thing is pretty much uncharted waters for a pitcher and the only position player I can think of (Pedro Guerrero) seemed to have a wee bit of trouble upon his return. Anyway, how about we not get our hopes up too much? Pinpointing a date seems like a recipe for heartbreak (worse: further injury). Things go wrong. Ask Ryan Madsen.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-hamilton-miss-additional-month-angels-dont-intend-restart-stadium-talks.html

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OK, Alex Yarborough. I might be more in on him except for watching him take one off the shoulder and just standing there MF'ing himself while the ball bounced about 20 feet to his 8 o'clock. The right fielder had to run in to get it. Yeah, he was just a kid then. Last season.


At least Dave ALWAYS points out his love for his childhood team, be it in print, TV or podcast. I still can't figure out what drives Jim Bowden. Weirdness for the sake of drumming up hits?


Eighth. Eighth is fine. I like undervalued stocks. I bought AAPL at $15 for my son when he was born. Now I want to slap the little bastard.


How could the Rangers have gotten any better? They didn't let the Angels overpay any of their soon-to-decline free agents this off-season.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-interested-hector-olivera-richards-cleared-throw-mound.html

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Glorious words, too, from Alden Gonzalez, "Angels starter Garrett Richards ran with his full body weight for the first time on Tuesday, then did it again on Wednesday."

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-comeback-trail-adding-youth-veteran-core.html

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I don't know. That "worst signing" thing is a pretty close call. How about this? We force the Angels to declare they will never sign another free agent away from the Rangers? Those have not heralded a very good return on investment.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-financial-flexibility-richards-runs-unassisted.html

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Here's a good point, from Dave Schoenfeld's article Who's better: Angels or Dodgers? Remember that 2008 would have been Rollins' (let's call it) age 27 season.


Shortstop: Erick Aybar versus Jimmy Rollins

I don't know, 36-year-old shortstops worry me. Plus this: The last season Rollins had a higher WAR than Aybar was 2008. 



1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-still-need-josh-hamilton-grading-angels-offseason.html

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It's entirely possible that, since we see Aybar every day, we have come to take him for granted. He does look pretty good next to some of the shortstops we see on other teams.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-still-need-josh-hamilton-grading-angels-offseason.html

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Wow! Who is going to be the token right-hander in the starting rotation in a few years? Garret Richards? There should be a quota for such things. No, wait. I'M left-handed. Can't go against my peeps. I'd see this as, maybe, future stockpiling of trade material. If they are all good enough to help the Angels, so much the better.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospect-sean-newcomb-2015.html

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Also of note is that Anthony Castrovince thinks the Angels had one of the three most underrated off-seasons. Of course, he thinks the Astros were also one of the three. Still, not a bad showing from East Coast Bias Central.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-sign-herrmann-stewart-baldoquin-coming-training-camp.html

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"Seeing one, much less two, Angel prospects on any kind of top 10 list is something I’m not used to."


True. Prepare for TJ surgery on both but not until both have been called up so their Service Clock starts. Then probably a couple of drug rehabs/suspensions so the Angels get no use from them at all and some other teams reap the benefits. That sounds about right.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-trade-destination-strasburg-mccutchen-better-trout.html

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This ought to get the villagers riled up, but it shouldn't. Dave Schoenfield comments on Eric Karabell's top 20 fantasy players:


"Mike Troutis No. 1. No surprise there, although it's worth noting that his stolen bases have dropped from 49 to 33 to 16. Has he lost his speed? Stopped running soAlbert Pujolsdoesn't have to take pitches? Stopped running to preserve his legs? Whatever the issue, his days as even a 30-steal guy may be gone. Also, as pitchersdiscovered his weakness on high fastballs, he declined from .310/.400/.606 in the first half to .257/.347/.502."

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-avoid-arbitration-santiago-ramos-butera.html

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Just from seeing him, and there's no way I can quantify this, I'd think his problem is bat speed. Dude looks like he's swinging underwater. My impression was that he was late on everything trying to decide what the pitch was. Overthinking? If he did get out in front of one it was because he was guessing and was a little off on either location or speed of the pitch, resulting in that weak grounder. That was my impression and I seriously doubt this can be fixed. The hits I saw were those grounders that got through, not a sharply hit liner.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospects-kaleb-cowart-2015.html

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"We don’t know the nature of the back injury," which is worrisome. Why would that be a state secret? I searched around last season to find out why he wasn't playing but found nothing. Seems odd this info would be buried.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospect-hunter-green-2015.html

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I agree there should be more trading of prospects. Not sure anybody ever got fired for trading a kid who later became a star (and most stars were traded at some point as kids). They are just such a crapshoot at an early age. But it's worth a try if you feel vulnerable in a certain area. Like third base. Nobody will be saying a thing when Sanchez has his first TJ surgery at 21.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-scouting-kubitza-hyatt-krauss-designated-assignment.html

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Thirrrrrd! But only because I don't know if Green has the reactions for the hot corner. If the Angels see it differently, I might be happier with the reverse. If Green is up to it, Fedderson seems like he might actually be the better second baseman. This is a race that will be fun to watch. I'll have to find the bandwidth to watch more spring training and early season games live.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospects-taylor-featherston.html

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"I’d rather let them give Heaney and Tropeano real shots at the rotation rather than committing money and a roster spot to a known mediocre veteran like Colon or Niese."


+1 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-show-interest-scherzer-shields-mcdonald-retires.html

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Mr. Huff is correct, Freese is just average. I was never enamored of him in St. Louis, even as the darling of the Series. He seems like sort of a placeholder until a real starter comes along. Still, he looks better than the wife beater they had at third before him. It would be nice if he played well this season. I'd like him to play well this season. But I still think we could get about the same thing from one of the kids. Oh, well. Batter up!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/david-freese-does-not-suck.html

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Didn't get to see him throw last season. Can't wait to see him in action in the upcoming season. Those were some pretty gaudy numbers he put up in the Texas League, North.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/la-angels-prospects-trevor-gott.html

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Shocking. Could it be they are not HoF worthy? Just trying to think outside the box here. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/2002-angels-hall-of-fame.html

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2014 was the best year ever for MWaH. The writing was crisp and concise, with a hint of the grassiness baseball needs such as a good Virginia Burley might add to a pipe tobacco. I'm going to take a moment here to remind you of one of the prime reason's I feel the blog has now reached new heights. I know you have hated on me in the past for reminding you of this but if the results remain as good as (or even better than) 2014 I will be content that I have done my job. In the interest of brevity I know I will sound like a shit once again but the idea is for you to remember this point.


Nobody cares about your brilliant insights into politics. Or societal problems. This is a baseball blog and we come here to read about baseball. There are actual experts we go to on the subject of politics so suppress the self-aggrandizement just so one Commenter will write, "Yeah, man, the Right sucks!" I realize we all have a message inside us we feel is so important we must share with the world but the topic here is the Angels so let's keep it the Angels. There is no point in pissing off, literally, one half of your potential readership.


There were a couple of slips last year and I waited to see if this would become a trend again but, fortunately, it didn't so I felt no pressing need to call you on it. This year I probably will in the interest of refining your part-time craft so that it might become a full-time craft. Actually, I'm doing this because I so enjoy your basic writing style and message (on baseball).


In summary, you are brilliant when writing about baseball. Let's keep it that way. Write like a pro, not an Internet blogger. You have shown you are capable of it.


ps, I've said it before but mixing up old timey sayings is something that really hacks me off about younger announcers. It shows a lack of understanding of the meaning/etymology of the expression and results in a diminution in what the person is trying to say. You've improved quite a bit in this area, too. If I read a mistake here I'll continue pointing it out. Please don't take it personally.

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

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"The Halos are far more committed to getting their young arms into the rotation rather than trying to squeeze one more year out of a declining veteran."


As they should be. Most of the kids they got are at or near an age where it's time for a little baptism under fire.


"Bowden is just a shill and likes to lump in as many options as he can." 


Very MSM of him, as usual. No, wait, as ALWAYS! Total media whore. I'm a little surprised he didn't throw a gratuitous and pandering "I can't breathe" in there. He'll write anything for a few more hits.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-haren-hoping-for-a-trade-to-angels-anaheim-a-potential-landing-spot-for-shields.html

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Jeez, look at that arm position! Does he throw the Mark Eichhorn Frisbee™ pitch, as trademarked by Bob Starr? It could have been an altered slider, I guess. If so, velocity will not be the issue.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/la-angels-prospects-countdown-22-jeremy-rhoades.html

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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.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/la-angels-prospects-jett-bandy.html

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"Metaphor Inception"? That's a sin. *Ding*!

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/jerry-dipoto-metaphor-mixmaster.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 months, 1 week 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!

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-not-done-getting-better-scouting-taylor-featherston.html

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