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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.

9 hours, 29 minutes 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.

9 hours, 43 minutes 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.

1 day, 9 hours 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!

1 day, 10 hours 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.

2 days, 9 hours 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.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/josh-hamiltons-vanishing-power.html

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Short on headlines? Try this: Cowart Shines In Wilson's Rehab Win. I know, defies logic on two fronts, doesn't it? It must have happened at some point but I don't know that I've seen an AA box score with Cowart amassing, sit down please, three hits! Two hits is rare enough. It must have been rubbing elbows with the big leagues that did it.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-trout-excels-on-balls-out-of-the-zone-angels-sign-dominican-prospect-lhp-franklin-salomon.html

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All these close scores are a little TOO exciting for me.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-104-tamed-angels-2-tigers-1.html

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He has looked pretty good when he starts an inning but you certainly don't want him inheriting any of your runners.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/angels-players-power-rankings-week-18.html

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We've been seeing more of Brian Hernandez at third lately. You'd have to believe the Angels are thinking mound or Eject pretty soon. I'll be interested in seeing him in a few days again. Last time he looked like he was moving in slow motion at the plate. Couldn't decide whether to swing and then lacked bat speed. Just an initial observation.

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

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Hey, come on! No mention of Cowart's RBI last night? That has to be noteworthy because it doesn't happen often. Of course, he was pinch hitting in the 10th, having lost another start due to poor batting and the best thing he did was keep the bat on his shoulder but give the guy his due! He used the tools available to him. In this case it was NOT swinging at the pitch. RBI!

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-scouting-cliff-lee-richards-wont-be-on-an-innings-limit.html

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@jobalexang @Rick K. Here's an example that will take your breath away. I just read that Cliff Lee has been traded three times (!), while in his prime, for eleven prospects. I'd assume they were all what you'd call "top" prospects. And only Justin Smoak and Carlos Carrasco are in the bigs right now. That's just shocking. To have Smoak become the biggest name Lee was traded for shows how volatile the prospect market is.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/trade-alert-angels-finally-get-huston-street-from-padres.html

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Hmm...MLBTR didn't really give a glowing report on Rondon. In fact, Alvarez was the only player they seemed very high on. And he was the Shoe-In (I know, but it's from a Simpson's episode), Golden Lock Of The Week to be called up next by the Angels but he never got well enough. And what's Lindsey's ceiling? Marco Scutaro? So, maybe the Angels gave up only one MLB player (depending on health) with upside for Street. Also, maybe THAT'S why none of us should be GM's; we tend to overvalue our own minor leaguers. After all, if you give up the first, forth and fifth players in the worst minor league system are you really giving up much? It's entirely possible all DiPoto did was trim some fat in this trade.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/trade-alert-angels-finally-get-huston-street-from-padres.html

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All part of the "flags fly forever" theory, I guess. I've been trying to break myself of hating this theory for a good seven years now, or whenever it was I first heard the phrase. I'm just not a fan of such short-sighted thinking even though KLaw gave us all kinds of numbers on how most of our favorite minor leaguers won't do much in the big leagues or even get there. See: Caleb Cowart. Rondon could just as easily follow his path and Angels' brass see him much more up close and personal than we do. Still, I'm torn and thought Smith was fine in the closer role. Maybe not good enough in the playoffs? Is the Alvarez mentioned the apparently MLB-ready R.J. Alvarez? Whatever, I do like that when DiPoto sees a problem he fixes it if he can; no waiting around for the deadline.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/trade-alert-angels-finally-get-huston-street-from-padres.html

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My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Collin pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/second-guessing-scioscia-week-16-sacrifice-bunting-can-be-hazardous-to-your-health.html

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Oh, and if he can get someone to take Cowart AND get something in return he should be the automatic choice for Baseball Executive Of The Year.

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/reviewing-jerry-dipotos-trade-deadline-history.html

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Funny, I was going to mention Segura earlier in the Headlines section as an example of a traded guy who caused all sorts of weeping and wailing at the time who everyone has now forgotten about. I don't see that he's really hurt us by trading any of the team's minor leaguers. They are always a crapshoot anyway. Some have shined for a few moments and then burned out, like Segura, and the best one (one he didn't even trade, Skaggs) he got back. And he keeps trying. By piecing and fiddling with the roster we now have the team with the second best record in baseball in Anaheim. Many critics of both DiPoto *and* Scioscia should be silenced for a while just because of that. Even the bullpen has the look of a major league team now. I'd stick with DiPoto if I were Arte.

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/reviewing-jerry-dipotos-trade-deadline-history.html

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So, only one actual baseball story today? And that is trade speculation? I hate the ASG break even more this year as the Angels were cruising along so smoothly.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-mike-trout-all-star-mvp-appreciation-edition.html

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And now the waste of time that is the ASG. At least none of "our" pitchers will be forced to participate and neither of our position players will be ruining their swing at HRD. That's about the best we could ask for.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-cowgill-to-miss-a-month-with-a-broken-face-richards-snubbed-again.html

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If I may jump in, speaking as one with some experience in this area, aging isn't always a linear progression. We may look at those Cards days and think, "Ok, he's not the .330 Pujols but I'll take the .300 Pujols with the corresponding dip across the slash line." And some players do age that way. You can look at their player page at Baseball Reference and watch the stats drift gently into the abyss of retirement. A guy like Pujols might be aging differently. He is a finely tuned machine, and an awesome one at that, and years of keeping that fine edge with weight lifting, etc., might be catching up with him. Things he could get away with as a ute in training no longer apply as those same workouts may cause a twinge here and an outright pull there, translating into an overall deterioration in performance. Injuries don't heal as quickly and may cause more discomfort than they once did. When things are working right he can still be a pretty feared monster in the box but these times may only last a short while. Thus we see great fluctuations in his performance over the course of the long baseball season. You may have experienced something similar: as I got through my 20's and up into my 30's, 40's, etc., I always felt like all I had to do to play basketball and tennis like I used to was just get back in shape a little more. Sadly, the days when I had "the touch" just didn't appear as often. Maybe for a while I was one of those who slid slowly downhill but, once past a certain age, any little thing threw my game off a whole lot more. I'm pretty sure Pujols' awesome physical being just amplifies the stuff mortals like us might feel. So, I'm just feeling badly for the guy and at the same time I'm just wishing I could hop on board the TARDIS with Dr. Who and go back to convince somebody not to sign him. But we are where we are. I am going to applaud those good days and suffer on the bad. Over the years your reaction might change from "Why the hell can't he hit the ball?" to "Oh, man. That poor guy. I wish he could still do it but I SO know what he's going through."

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/albert-pujols-is-hitting-again-but-will-it-last.html

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Bedrosian looked pretty good after going back to the Travs, maybe it will translate better this time.


I'll shed no tears that Richards misses the ASG. And I'm doing the dance of joy that Trout isn't in the HRD. Stupid all star contests.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-jered-weaver-back-feeling-better-angels-the-only-expansion-team-with-500-record.html

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Whatever Grilli may do, the reason for the trade, or "exorcism", is obvious. Just look at the Pirates' box score from Thursday (last) night. 5 runs allowed in 0.1 innings. Sure, 3 of his runs were inherited by some other guy but Frieri gave up 5 straight hits in a 3-2 game. He could just as easily done that to us last night in the 5-2 Houston game.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/what-do-the-angels-see-in-jason-grilli.html

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Watching Frieri's meltdowns occur more and more frequently doesn't make me feel like "from a sheer long-term control standpoint" is really that much of a positive. 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/halo-headlines-pujols-dealing-with-groin-issue-frieri-grilli-trade-reaction.html

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So, Grilli. If they get Putz, too, I'll feel like my bullpen dreams from 10 years ago came true.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-royals-vs-phys-and-the-wonder-dog.html

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MLB.com just told me that Kyle Gibson is "in the midst of a 22-inning scoreless streak". Does this mean he has thrown 11 innings, give or take, without being scored upon? Baseball writers can be so difficult to follow. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-twins-vs-fading-stars.html

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I have to admit that I was a little miffed when I read the quickie commentary last week. We've known what was happening to him for years! Then I realized the correct, classier comment had come the day before. Remember that only about a third of tobacco users have their lifespan altered at all. Some significantly, some less so. Tony took his chances and lost a little. I hope this isn't seen as another opportunity for Big Brother to come in and save us from ourselves. To quote Martin Balsam in Little Big Man, "Life contains a particle of risk." And maybe he felt it helped his game. To quote Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock, "[These are] Nicotine patch[es]. Helps me think. It's impossible to sustain a smoking habit in London these days." Or maybe he just thought, "Screw this! I'm going to have fun!" To quote Abdullah 'Firimbi' Hassan in Black Hawk Down, "You Americans don't smoke anymore. You live long, dull and uninteresting lives."


Whatever. Dude did what worked for him. And it worked REALLY well. Good for him.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-skaggs-suffers-minor-setback-scioscia-responds-to-second-guessing.html

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So, what's up on the Cron front? Like The Monkey, I don't see this Price trade happening but could there be something in the works? It would fit the facts if they were holding him out to avoid a cold spell or injury.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/game-71-still-no-cron-angels-lineup.html

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Well, I wanted Shoemaker to go for the CG because I DIDN'T want to see the bullpen in there. I guess the low-leverage situation was the right time to let Frieri in, the score tallied on a little league play that shouldn't have happened.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-70-what-slump-angels-9-indians-3.html

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Maybe it's time to pass along the title of Staff Ace to someone else. We all have a lot of fun pointing at and mocking Hector Santiago for his collapses (often with a lot of help from the bullpen, *cough*Jepsen!) but Jered Weaver is starting to wear me down with his new-found ability to be not quite good enough. That whole reduced-velocity-and-having-pitch-perfectly thing might work for Mark Buehrle and his super-human powers of focus and concentration but Weaver is showing he can only pull the rabbit out of the hat on occasion. Another example of a long term contract being a long downhill slide. Very sad to watch.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/series-preview-angels-vs-indians-vs-road-warriors.html

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"this will somehow make Scioscia more self-aware". You mean, like...Skynet?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/second-guessing-scioscia-week-11-intentional-harm.html

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I've only noticed it recently, too, so I'm glad it's not just me. The times I've seen it there were no outs so that's what I'm going with. "0" outs. Like when a new baserunner flashes one or two. An awareness of the situation thing.

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

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What ever happened to "the other" favorite prospect, Hunter Green? All I can find is "Extended spring training". I realize they probably wanted to keep his innings down but isn't it maybe time to place him at Burlington or somewhere? Injury? Even his tweets are uninformative. About baseball, anyway. I'm curious what his favorite shotgun is, though.


"Duke". Frakking hilarious. Aiming for an older audience?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/sean-newcomb-is-your-new-favorite-angels-prospect.html

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"Had he been able to keep it close"? How about "Had he been able to throw a strike"? Oh, well. Nerves, I guess.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-game-59-feeling-a-draft-astros-8-angels-5.html

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"And by good work I mean congrats on having a player fall in your lap."


Which sounds pretty much like the draft history of...what was that guy's name? Oh, yeah. Eddie Bane.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-select-sean-newcomb-and-on-first-day-of-draft-will-green-be-demoted.html

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@monkeywithahalo Oh, man. I don't know, they have such a large investment in him as a third baseman. They might have to see him actually in flames before they resort to pitching.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-trout-has-clean-mri-on-his-back-reviewing-mock-drafts.html

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No, no. Cowart. THERE'S your bust. Very unfortunate for all of us.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-trout-has-clean-mri-on-his-back-reviewing-mock-drafts.html

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I believe we were all worried about Richards erraticness, er, "erraticity", er, "being a living roller coaster ride" before the season began. I'm sure we were all happy when his first several starts turned out so well. But here is that up and down ride we all expected. Of course, we're talking about the A's and the Astros here but, still, 8IP, 4 hits, 0 walks, 9 K's, 0 ER? Those are video game numbers! I'd give that up for more consistency, though.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/game-58-trouts-back-isnt-back-angels-lineup.html

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Man, how long are we going to congratulate ourselves for being the team that drafted The One? This is starting to sound like Al Bundy reminiscing about his high school football career. Yay, we got Trout. Boo, the rest of the '00's drafts (excluding '04).

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-bedrosian-called-up-angels-shaping-up-as-trade-suitors-for-shields.html

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Bedrock Jr's first appearance showed good results. Too bad it's probably only part of yet another loss. I hate stretches like this. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/cam-bedrosian-joins-the-angels-bullpen-kohn-gets-the-boot.html

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Yeah, that whole "playing for first place" thing didn't really work out, did it? 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-game-56-better-luck-next-time-athletics-6-angels-3.html

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THERE'S the Garrett Richards I expected to see. Fortunately for us, I expected to see him more often so we've been lucky. But this night he managed to out-Joe Blanton Joe Blanton. Not how we hoped to start off against the A's, I'm sure.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/game-54-ducking-angels-lineup.html

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Yup, Aybar must have been watching that day Orlando Cabrera picked Chad Billingsley's pocket for home plate. This was very reminiscient of that play. Angels' shortstops are very tough on utes.


So...how about the Angels start working out Green at third EVERY DAY? Because Caleb Cowart is starting to show signs of Early Onset Brandon Wood-itis in his (worse) second go-around at 2A. AND that little hitch when he makes an unforced throw to first just looks freaking weird and could show up in his forced throws to first at some very unfortunate time.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/boxscore-breakdown-game-53-half-a-billion-on-the-bench-angels-7-mariners-5.html

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And where's the love for Orangel's five strong last night? Dude, it's ORANGEL!

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-sean-burnett-has-torn-ucl-trout-not-interested-in-home-run-derby.html

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Poor Trout. Can't hit the high one, can't lay off it. The first sign of old age.


That's really bad news about Burnett. He looked so good in 2A. Very unfortunate.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-sean-burnett-has-torn-ucl-trout-not-interested-in-home-run-derby.html

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Burnett looked pretty darn good last night. I don't know that I've ever seen him pitch but he was sitting at a consistent 89mph, according to the stadium radar gun. These appeared to be only fastballs so we will have to see how he reacts when they ok the use of breaking pitches. Mark Sappington, on the other hand, walked five in the first two innings and got hit pretty hard after deciding to throw strikes the next two innings. What a train wreck! I don't know about him but he might not be much even after he figures out the strike zone; he didn't didn't get the same pop from the catchers mitt the Cards' lefty did.

At least if Kramer Sneed ever makes it to the bigs I'll be able to say I sat next to him during a game. He was in the stands with a radar gun charting pitches.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-trout-asks-girl-to-prom-for-teenage-boy-burnett-could-be-back-in-a-week.html

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I think I'm confused. Trout is a success because he strikes out at a 26% rate and has (or had) an unsustainable BABIB. Cron is already going to be a failure or, at least, shouldn't be a success because he strikes out at a 20% rate and has an unsustainable BABIP. 


Yes, Trout has proven in the past that he can make adjustments, blah, blah, blah. He'd better hurry up because as the PA's mount up it gets more and more difficult to improve on those hitting numbers. .275 shows the BABIP has regressed into his more normal territory while the OBP is also taking quite a hit. That number is certainly not aided by those 42 K's.


And yes, Cron will not continue to hit at that .500 BABIP and, as the league gets a "book" on him, the K rate *may* rise. I will stipulate to that. I'm just still a little confused about when it's time to worry about a player and when it's not time to worry about a player.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/what-do-the-projections-think-of-cron-green-and-morin.html

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What? Nothing for Orangel's first W of the season? I'm beginning to think you all are discriminating against the MLB-challenged.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-grant-green-called-up-angels-talking-about-stadium-in-irvine.html

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Happy Over-.500 Day! I know it took us all by surprise as it's still April, I never even had a chance to get to the Hallmark store for party favors and streamers and such like as that. Weird not to have it closer to Memorial Day.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/game-27-getting-over-the-hump-angels-lineup.html

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