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The July 12th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angel Stadium worth $1 million per year to Anaheim, Frieri more than the Angels bargained for and much more...
The Story: Angel Stadium has made the city of Anaheim roughly $1 million per year for the last 16 years.
The Monkey Says: This hammers home again that the Angels aren't expected to leave the Big A. Anaheim has a solid stake in keeping the franchise in town, and that is before considering indirect tax revenue that the team generates, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Anaheim kicks in to have some of the $150 million in renovations that the stadium needs.
The Story: Ernesto Frieri has given the Angels more than they bargained for.
The Monkey Says: Frieri has certainly been better than the Halos had hoped for when they acquired him, but calling him one of baseball's best closers made me snicker a little. He is a quality reliever, but with his inconsistency and problem with allowing homers, he is far from being talked about with the Riveras and Kimbrels of the world.
The Story: Mike Trout headlines the "under-25" All-Stars.
The Monkey Says: And he will continue to do so for a few more years, which is kind of mind-blowing.
The Story: Scott Downs is the setup man for the "over-35" All-Stars.
The Monkey Says: I know his numbers look good, but I still don't trust him right now. He's looked better of late, but his command doesn't look to be the same and he has very much been sheltered from tough right-hand hitters this year. The Angels could do a lot worse than Downs, but I'm not sold that he is going to be a better option than Sean Burnett if/when Burnett returns from the DL.
The Story: Jered Weaver and Mark Trumbo have seen their stock fall from last year's trade value power rankings.
The Monkey Says: Weaver makes sense. I'm not sure that Trumbo should have ever been ranked that high though as his tremendous first half last season never seemed sustainable. Though if there is a perception that his stock has dropped, it would seem like an ideal time for the Angels to strike up contract extension talks what with his first year of arbitration looming.
The Story: A look at Mike Trout's growth as a hitter in 2013.
The Monkey Says: Yep, he only getting better folks. Just imagine how good he will be by age 25. He might very well be the closes thing to a perfect baseball player. If only he had a better arm.
The Story: The curse of Angels getting hurt in bizarre ways.
The Monkey Says: I don't think there is a curse. Lots of players get hurt in odd ways, probably because a lot of pro athletes are knuckleheads (i.e. John Smoltz burning himself because he tried to iron a shirt while he was wearing it) and then there is just random happenstance.
The Story: The bullpen is the key to the Angels success.
The Monkey Says: Not really, but that was the plan to start the season. Dipoto thought he built a bullpen that would overcome the shortcomings of the rotation, but injuries prevented that from happening. Now, the bullpen isn't a weakness, but it isn't a strength either. The offense isn't consistently good enough to overcome the struggling parts of the rotation to be able to hand a lead to the shutdown bullpen, which was the original plan. Instead, they have a pretty good offense, a wobbly rotation and an average bullpen. Barring some moves at the deadline, the original plan needs to be thrown out the window.
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By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist -
It seems we haven't had much Trout Porn this year, so here's something to feast your eyes with.
Check out this list.
That's a list of all 282 players with at least 500 PA through age 21 in major league history through age 21 by WAR (It doesn't matter what you set the minimum PA at, the top of the list would...
If you're a fan of Mike Trout (and if you're a fan of baseball, why wouldn't you be?) you'll probably want to check out a feature in this month's edition of Philadelphia magazine. The piece profiles the Los Angeles Angels outfielder, highlighting the contrast between his small-town upbringing and the Millville Meteor's meteoric rise in baseball.
Much of the...
If you’re a fan of Mike Trout (and if you’re a fan of baseball, why wouldn’t you be?) you’ll probably want to check out a feature in this month’s edition of Philadelphia magazine. The piece profiles the Los Angeles Angels outfielder, highlighting the contrast between his small-town upbringing and the Millville Meteor’s meteoric rise in baseball.
Much of the piece is spent...
As the Angels' offense is starting to come around the pitching improving overall, the City of Angels got more good news with three injured players on the comeback according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
Tommy Hanson threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, his first since suffering a right forearm strain prior to a start on June 26. He'll throw another in Seattle this weekend...
The last two season the Los Angeles Angels made the biggest splash in free agency, first by snagging home run machine Albert Pujols from the St. Louis Cardinals and than by stealing slugger Josh Hamilton from their division rival (Texas Rangers)-- and it really hasn't been worth the money at all.
That it is, until Wednesday night against the lowly Chicago Cubs.
Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a 13-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
Mark Trumbo and Brendan Harris also homered for the Angels.
All five of the Angels' home runs were no-doubters. They hit a pair during a five-run first inning and then followed with three more in a six-run...
The July 11th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels interested in Phil Hughes, Trout OK with no Home Run Derby and much more...
The Story: The Yankees are shopping Phil Hughes and the Angels might be interested.
The Monkey Says: That is pure speculation on the part of Heyman, but Hughes is a guy that has been connected to the Angels for years...
Thanks a lot, Angels. Here I am doing a weekly series on which players on your MLB roster you should trade at the deadline since you are so obviously going to be a seller and you have to go and rattle off a winning streak to put yourselves within striking distance of .500 and spitting distance of the Wild Card race.
Now I don't know if the Halos are going to be buyers or...
By Geoff Stoddart, AngelsWin.com Direct of Social Media
Baseball is full of drama. Full of suspense. Full of jubilation. Full of disappoint.
But more than anything, baseball is full of fun! From sprinklers gone awry, to bugs where they don't belong, to players coming to the ballpark on skateboards and rickshaws, at its core baseball is a lighthearted romp through...
By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist -
As we approach the July 31st trade deadline, conversations are swirling about what the Angels will, won’t, should and should not do: Should/will they buy, sell, or stand pat? If they buy (or sell) who goes and who comes in? And more so, how does what they do now impact the future?
To approach this question we have to look...
Holy guacamole! The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim put a pretty serious butt kicking on the Chicago Cubs tonight, with a 13-2 win.
It seemed like everyone in the Angels lineup was “on” tonight, as all starters, including starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, had at least one hit tonight and the team had a total of 15 by the end of the game.
Speaking of C.J. Wilson, he didn’t have too...
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer -
As the trade deadline approaches, teams come to terms with where they are in the standings and have to choose whether they are sellers, buyers, or neutral in the trade market. The Angels are still below .500 in team winning percentage and, soon, Jerry Dipoto and the front office have to make the tough decision to either, stand...
As Major League Baseball heads into the All-Star break two players stood out for me personally this week. Being a former pitcher, surprisingly neither of them are pitchers. Instead, they are two hitters from the American League, Mike Trout and David Ortiz.
First, there is David Ortiz. Big Papi this week became the leader in hits by a designated hitter. Ortiz is 37 years old and...
If this is how it's going to be the rest of the season, the Angels may still be in for quite the postseason run. When owner Arte Moreno lured Josh Hamilton away from the Texas Rangers last winter, he envisioned nights like this one occurring all summer long. Angels fans anticipated an offense so prodigious that every ballpark the ballclub set foot in would be painted red after...